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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 of getaway
1850-1855
1850-55; noun use of verb phrase get away
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British Dictionary definitions for getaway

get away

verb (adverb, mainly intransitive)
1.
to make an escape; leave
2.
to make a start
3.
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
interjection
4.
an exclamation indicating mild disbelief
noun
5.
the act of escaping, esp by criminals
6.
a start or acceleration
7.
(modifier) used for escaping: a getaway car
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Word Origin and History for 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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for getaway

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.
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