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[get-uh-wey] /ˈgɛt əˌweɪ/
a getting away or fleeing; an escape.
the start of a race:
a fast getaway.
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.
used as a means of escape or fleeing:
a stolen getaway car.
used for occasional relaxation, retreat, or reclusion:
a weekend getaway house.
Origin of getaway
1850-55; noun use of verb phrase get away Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Just for fear your gang will butt in we'll make our getaway, but remember—I'm comin' back.

    The Trail of Conflict Emilie Baker Loring
  • "Sure, three can make a getaway easier than one," O'Malley said.

  • Now and then one would get cornered and stuck with a second-hand offering before he could make his getaway.

    I Married a Ranger Dama Margaret Smith
  • I knew how clever you were by the way you planned your getaway.

    Brand Blotters William MacLeod Raine
  • It appeared that his conclusion that the Russian had made a getaway with much swag was correct.

    Uncle Sam Detective William Atherton Du Puy
Word Origin and History for getaway

"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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: our getaway car/ getaway route/ getaway vacation package


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

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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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