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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyget away with
he/she/itgets away with
present participlegetting away with
past tensegot away with
past participlegot away with

Related meanings

  1. 1
    get away with something to manage to do something bad without being punished or criticized for it

    They have repeatedly broken the law and got away with it.

    get away with doing something:

    How can he get away with speaking to her like that?

  2. 2
    get away with something informal to manage to do something without any bad results

    You ought to allow three sandwiches per person, although you could get away with two.

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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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