Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb Without having to pay.
  • adverb Without incurring any penalty or punishment.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adverb archaic Free of scot, free of tax.
  • adverb colloquial Without consequences or penalties.

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

  • adverb free from harm or penalty

Etymologies

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

Examples

  • But Wall Street got off scot-free and homeowners facing foreclosure got only the "Home Affordable Modification Plan," which appears to have been little more than a political ploy to give the appearance the government was doing something at a time when the number of foreclosures was shooting through the roof.

    Joseph A. Palermo: Party Like It's 1994

  • But Wall Street got off scot-free and homeowners facing foreclosure got only the "Home Affordable Modification Plan," which appears to have been little more than a political ploy to give the appearance the government was doing something at a time when the number of foreclosures was shooting through the roof.

    Joseph A. Palermo: Party Like It's 1994

  • But Wall Street got off scot-free and homeowners facing foreclosure got only the "Home Affordable Modification Plan," which appears to have been little more than a political ploy to give the appearance the government was doing something at a time when the number of foreclosures was shooting through the roof.

    Joseph A. Palermo: Party Like It's 1994

  • But Wall Street got off scot-free and homeowners facing foreclosure got only the "Home Affordable Modification Plan," which appears to have been little more than a political ploy to give the appearance the government was doing something at a time when the number of foreclosures was shooting through the roof.

    Joseph A. Palermo: Party Like It's 1994

  • But Wall Street got off scot-free and homeowners facing foreclosure got only the "Home Affordable Modification Plan," which appears to have been little more than a political ploy to give the appearance the government was doing something at a time when the number of foreclosures was shooting through the roof.

    Joseph A. Palermo: Party Like It's 1994

  • But Wall Street got off scot-free and homeowners facing foreclosure got only the "Home Affordable Modification Plan," which appears to have been little more than a political ploy to give the appearance the government was doing something at a time when the number of foreclosures was shooting through the roof.

    Joseph A. Palermo: Party Like It's 1994

  • But Wall Street got off scot-free and homeowners facing foreclosure got only the "Home Affordable Modification Plan," which appears to have been little more than a political ploy to give the appearance the government was doing something at a time when the number of foreclosures was shooting through the roof.

    Joseph A. Palermo: Party Like It's 1994

  • Translation: with video surveillance available that clearly showed that the two accused committed the murder, the prosecution messed up and these murderers got off scot-free.

    2009 February : Law is Cool

  • But Wall Street got off scot-free and homeowners facing foreclosure got only the "Home Affordable Modification Plan," which appears to have been little more than a political ploy to give the appearance the government was doing something at a time when the number of foreclosures was shooting through the roof.

    Joseph A. Palermo: Party Like It's 1994

  • But Wall Street got off scot-free and homeowners facing foreclosure got only the "Home Affordable Modification Plan," which appears to have been little more than a political ploy to give the appearance the government was doing something at a time when the number of foreclosures was shooting through the roof.

    Joseph A. Palermo: Party Like It's 1994

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  • Without a scratch. See scotch.

    May 1, 2007