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get away with sth

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

(AVOID PUNISHMENT)

B2 to succeed in avoiding punishment for something: If I thought I could get away with it, I wouldn't pay any tax at all.
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(SUCCEED)

to do something successfully although it is not the best way of doing it: Do you think we could get away with just one coat of paint on that wall?
(Definition of get away with sth from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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