Scot-free meaning

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Without having to pay.

Got away from the restaurant scot-free.

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Without incurring any penalty or punishment.

Came away from the incident scot-free.

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Free from payment of scot, or tax.
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Without being punished or hurt; clear(ly); safe(ly)
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Alternative spelling of scot-free.
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(archaic) Free of scot, free of tax.
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(colloquial) Without consequences or penalties.

To get off scot-free (to get away without penalty; to beat the rap)

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Origin of scot-free

  • From Old English scotfreo (“exempt from royal tax"), See scot + free

    From Wiktionary