• to be rid of all the blame (of something or incident)
  • to be totally free from harm or punishment, obligation or restraint

Example Sentences

  1. The person went scot-free even though there were many people convinced of his crime because the evidence against him was circumstantial.
  2. She intends to get married only when her reputation is scot-free.
  3. I went scot-free even though it was me who was the mastermind of the mischief because my mother could never believe that her precious little one could do anything bad.
  4. She does not let her children scot-free when they are misbehaving and has different punishments for them every time.
  5. The accused thought he would go scot-free just because he had hired a big lawyer! But that did not happen for him.
  6. It does not matter if you go scot-free after committing a crime because your conscious will always know what happened and how.
  7. Jacob went scot-free in the trial even though he had admitted of his guilt. That was because the court of law also gives a chance to people so that they can improve.


The phrase originates between the years 1200 to 1250 in Middle English. The exact literary origin could not be traced though.

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