Get Away with Murder

Meaning of Idiom ‘Get Away With Murder’

1. Literally, to get away with murder means to commit murder and not get punished.

2. To do something very bad or make a serious mistake and not get punished, disciplined, or face consequences; to do whatever one wishes. 1Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms. London: Bloomsbury, 2009.,2Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008. ,3Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.


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Examples Of Use

“Many people think the sports star got away with murder.”

“You can’t let your kids get away with murder. You’ve got to teach them that their actions have consequences.”

“I always got in trouble for everything but my little brother got away with murder.”

“The boss lets his son get away with murder at work.”

Origin

Used since the first half of the 1900s.

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Sources   [ + ]

1. Jarvie, Gordon. Bloomsbury Dictionary of Idioms. London: Bloomsbury, 2009.
2. Spears, Richard A. McGraw-Hill’s American Idioms Dictionary. Boston: McGraw Hill, 2008.
3. Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.