Definition of “get (sb) off (sth)” - English Dictionary

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“get (sb) off (sth)” in British English

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get (sb) off (sth)

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

to experience less serious punishment, 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.

(Definition of “get (sb) off (sth)” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)