get away

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get + away


get away (third-person singular simple present gets away, present participle getting away, simple past got away, past participle (UK) got away or (US) gotten away)

  1. (literally) To move away (from).
    Get away from the edge of the cliff!
    Get away from me!
  2. (with 'from' when used with an object) To avoid capture; to escape; to flee (from).
    Surround the bank! Don't let the robber get away!
    I almost caught the critter, but it got away from me.
  3. (with 'to' when used with an object) To take a break from one's present circumstances; to journey (to), especially on holiday.
    This place is really getting me down. I need to get away for a while.
    Next weekend we're hoping to get away to the seaside.
  4. To start moving; to depart.
    The train got away exactly on time.
  5. To slip from one's control.
    I can't cope any more. Things are getting away from me.



get away

  1. Expressing disbelief.
    You bought that for twenty pounds? Get away!

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