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getaway

[get-uh-wey] /ˈgɛt əˌweɪ/
noun
1.
a getting away or fleeing; an escape.
2.
the start of a race:
a fast getaway.
3.
a place where one escapes for relaxation, vacation, etc., or a period of time for such recreation:
a little seaside getaway; a two-week getaway in the Bahamas.
adjective
4.
used as a means of escape or fleeing:
a stolen getaway car.
5.
used for occasional relaxation, retreat, or reclusion:
a weekend getaway house.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; noun use of verb phrase get away
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Word Origin and History for get-away

getaway

n.

"escape," 1852, originally in fox hunting, from verbal phrase get away "escape" (c.1300); see get (v.) + away. Of prisoners or criminals from 1893.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for get-away

getaway

modifier

: our getaway car/ getaway route/ getaway vacation package

noun

The act of fleeing, esp from the scene of a crime: How about a quiet getaway from this mad scene? (1890s+)

Related Terms

make one's getaway


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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