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"get away with sth" in British English

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get away with sth

phrasal verb with get uk /ɡet/ us /ɡet/ verb present participle getting, past tense got, past participle got or US usually gotten

(AVOID PUNISHMENT)

B2 to succeed in avoiding punishment for something:

If I thought I could get away with it, I wouldn't pay my taxes at all.

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(Definition of “get away with sth” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"get away with sth" in Business English

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get away with sth

phrasal verb with get uk /ɡet/ us 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 fraud cases, prosecutors can't get away with going only for the mid-level guys, they have to go to the top.

(Definition of “get away with sth” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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