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= to do something bad without being punished
get away with it
Get away with doing it
“I can’t believe you made a joke about the teacher and got away with it”
“How can he get away with speaking to her like that? ”
It’s Luke here.
Today’s phrasal verb is TO GET AWAY WITH it or TO GET AWAY WITH something.
TO GET AWAY WITH doing something – this means that you manage to do something bad without being punished for it.
So, for example, you know, the bankers, they kind of broke the law. They lost everybody’s money and they just GOT AWAY WITH it. They didn’t get punished.
When I was a kid I used to make jokes about my teacher in my history class. I would make these jokes, and I always GOT AWAY WITH it. I don’t really know why I managed to GET AWAY WITH it, but I used to be able to just make fun of the teacher sometimes. I think it’s because he used to make fun of me and then I would kind of make fun of him in return, and for some reason I’d always GET AWAY WITH it. In fact, once, and I still…, I can’t believe it happened, but once I even slapped my teacher on the back of the head and completely GOT AWAY WITH it. What happened was, earlier on in the week he’d slapped me on the back of the head in front of the whole class. He brought me up in front of the class in order to demonstrate something. We were learning about World War II, and he was demonstrating a military manoeuvre which was done in World War II.
… and he demonstrated it by bringing me up in front of the class. He went to hit me on the head with one hand and he hit me on the hand with the other hand catching me by surprise. It didn’t hurt. He just kind of slapped me on the back of my head like that. But he sort of humiliated me in front of the classroom. It was just all a bit of fun. But then, a few days afterwards I saw him walking down a corridor in the school. And it was between classes, so there was nobody around – just him and me. I saw him walking down a corridor and I saw my opportunity. And I ran up behind him, and I jumped up and I slapped him on the back of the head, and then I ran up the stairs and disappeared.
He didn’t see who it was and I just GOT AWAY WITH it.
I wonder if he realised that it was me. It was me. I was getting my revenge. Perhaps if it’d been someone else he’d’ve chased after them and told them off. I think, maybe, he knew it was me, and so, for some reason he let me GET AWAY WITH it, because he knew I was getting my revenge on the fact he’d humiliated me in front of the whole class before.
I still to this day can’t believe that I GOT AWAY WITH it, but I did.
So, there you go.
TO GET AWAY WITH something means to do something bad without being punished.
Now, we also have an expression “to GET AWAY WITH murder”.
TO GET AWAY WITH murder that means that when… basically…, when…, when someone does something really bad without being punished or criticised for it.
So, you know, you might say:
– “Kids these days just GET AWAY WITH murder”, for example.
– “Her children get… Her children GET AWAY WITH murder. I wouldn’t let my kids speak to me like that. She lets them GET AWAY WITH murder”
There you go.
There’s your phrase for the day.
Speak to you again tomorrow.
Bye for now.
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