from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Not to be injured by shot; shot-proof.
- adj. Free from charge or expense; hence, unpunished; scot-free.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as scot-free, 2.
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He ended his shot-free, point-free status for the series.
Whether shot-free, meaning free from either a tax or another kind of shot, or scot-free, the terms came to mean “unpunished” with a connotation of unfair escape from responsibility.
But, by your leave, as the fellow thought to have departed thence shot-free, the master-cook laid hold upon him by the gorget, and demanded payment for the smoke of his roast meat.
Though I could scape shot-free at London, I fear the shot here; heres no scoring but upon the pate.
It might have contented a reasonable man to have said, that no good argument could be brought against it: but he is jealous of his hypothesis, and can never think it safe till it be shot-free; nor will that content him, but it must also be impossible for any one to make a show of shooting at it.
It was no small griefe to the Conncell and Company, to vnderstand of such a supposed impossible losse, as that so many should fall by the hands of men so contemptible; and yet hauing such warnings, especially by the death of Nemattanow, whom the Saluages did thinke was shot-free, as he had perswaded them, hauing so long escaped so many dangers without any hurt.
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Though I could 'scape shot-free at London, I fear the shot here; here's no scoring but upon the pate.
With human trials proving promising, an Indian company is close to developing a shot-free insulin for diabetics.
With it, they can detect changes in blood vessels while the patient remains shot-free and relatively comfortable.
“Though I could scape shot-free at London,” says Shakespeare’s Falstaff in Henry IV, “I fear the shot heere: here’s no scoring, but upon the pate.”