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get away with sth

phrasal verb with get uk   us   /ɡet/ verb (present participle getting, past tense got, past participle got or US usually gotten)
  • (AVOID PUNISHMENT)

B2 to ​succeed in ​avoidingpunishment for something: If I ​thought I could get away with it, I wouldn't ​pay my ​taxes at all.

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get away with sth

phrasal verb with get uk   us   /ɡet/ verb (-tt-, got, got, or US gotten)
to ​succeed in ​avoiding punishment for something
to do something successfully although it is not the best way of doing it: In these ​fraudcases, ​prosecutors can't get away with going only for the mid-level guys, they have to go to the ​top.
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