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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
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Examples from the web for getaway
  • Plus, leaping into the air is an easy getaway from predators.
  • With four bedrooms and five baths, this is no tiny beach getaway, but a truly impressive seaside mansion.
  • Permit them know how vital they are to you and that it isn't going to have to be a holiday getaway to get a card from you.
  • But they are also the first crew's backup getaway car.
  • It's a small hotel restaurant, so it's cozy and intimate, plus you could make it a mini-getaway and spend the night.
  • After all, no matter what you do on your getaway, it's even better when it's on us.
  • Tells about the evolution of the vacation and the shift in architectural style in getaway houses that accompanied it.
  • Tame a tough week with a two-day weekend getaway that totals up to rest and relaxation for half price on the second day.
  • Others claim to have seen an accomplice and a getaway car.
  • The first is the ubiquity of the freeways, which offer a fast getaway and easy anonymity.
British Dictionary definitions for getaway

get away

verb (adverb, mainly intransitive)
to make an escape; leave
to make a start
get away with
  1. to steal and escape (with money, goods, etc)
  2. to do (something wrong, illegal, etc) without being discovered or punished or with only a minor punishment
an exclamation indicating mild disbelief
the act of escaping, esp by criminals
a start or acceleration
(modifier) used for escaping: a getaway car
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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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for getaway



: 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.
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