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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
  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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