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English definition of “get (sb) off (sth)”

get (sb) off (sth)

phrasal verb with get     /ɡet/ verb (present participle getting, past tense got, past participle got or US gotten)
to avoid punishment, or to help another person to avoid punishment for something: She was charged with fraud, but her lawyer managed to get her off. "Was he found guilty?" "No, he got off." She got off with (= her only punishment was) a small fine.Not punishing and reducing punishment get off lightly to experience less serious punishment, injury, or harm than you might have expected: I think I got off quite lightly with one or two cuts, bearing in mind how damaged the car was.Not punishing and reducing punishment
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