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get (sb) off (sth)

phrasal verb with get uk   us   /ɡet/ verb (present participle getting, past tense got, past participle got or US usually gotten)
to ​avoidpunishment, or to ​help another ​person to ​avoidpunishment for something: She was ​charged with ​fraud, but her ​lawyermanaged to get her off. "Was he ​foundguilty?" "No, he got off." She got off with (= her only ​punishment was) a ​smallfine.get off lightly to ​experience less ​seriouspunishment, ​injury, or ​harm than you might have ​expected: I ​think I got off ​lightly with one or two ​cuts, ​considering how ​damaged the ​car was.
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