- 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
First recorded in 1850–55; noun use of verb phrase get away
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Examples from the Web for getaway
They tried to continue their getaway but had to quickly abandon their vehicle on the Rue de Meaux in the 19th.Police Hunt for Paris Massacre Suspects
Tracy McNicoll, Christopher Dickey
January 7, 2015
After he allegedly unloaded on the cops, Brinsley attempted to make a getaway to a nearby subway.Alleged Cop Killer Ismaaiyl Brinsley Had a Death Wish
December 22, 2014
The Getaway Car is lousy with these throwaway lines and asides.Donald E. Westlake, The Man With The Getaway Face
October 25, 2014
Excerpted from The Getaway Car: A Donald Westlake Nonfiction Miscellany.Donald E. Westlake Defends the Semicolon
Donald E. Westlake
October 25, 2014
This would give his gang plenty of time to rob the bank and make their getaway.The High Society Bank Robber of the 1800s
J. North Conway
October 19, 2014
"Sure, three can make a getaway easier than one," O'Malley said.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
A woman got in the way by accident, supposedly, of their getaway from the bank.Second Sight
Basil Eugene Wells
Once at the big shaft where we came down, we can make our getaway.
"You should have made a getaway in the Manhattan," Ben said, in a moment.Boy Scouts in the Philippines
G. Harvey Ralphson
I knew how clever you were by the way you planned your getaway.Brand Blotters
William MacLeod Raine
Word Origin and History for getaway
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper