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scot-free

[skot-free] /ˈskɒtˈfri/
adjective
1.
completely free from harm, restraint, punishment, or obligation:
The driver of the car escaped from the accident scot-free. The judge let the defendant off scot-free.
Origin
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English; see scot, free
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British Dictionary definitions for scot-free

scot-free

adverb, adjective
1.
(predicative) without harm, loss, or penalty
Word Origin
C16: see scot and lot
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Word Origin and History for scot-free
scot-free
O.E. scotfreo "exempt from royal tax," from scot "royal tax," from O.N. skot "contribution, reckoning, shot" + freo (see free). Related to O.E. sceotan "to pay, contribute," Du. schot, Ger. Schoß "tax, contribution" (see shot). O.Fr. escot (Fr. écot) "share" is a Gmc. loan-word.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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