Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Without having to pay: got away from the restaurant scot-free.
  • adv. Without incurring any penalty or punishment: came away from the incident scot-free.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. Free of scot, free of tax.
  • adv. Without consequences or penalties.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Free from payment of scot; untaxed; hence, unhurt; clear; safe.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Free from payment of scot; untaxed.
  • Unhurt; clear; safe. In this sense also shotfree, with the intention of a pun.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. free from harm or penalty

Etymologies

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

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  • Without a scratch. See scotch.

    May 1, 2007