getaway

[ get-uh-wey ]
/ ˈgɛt əˌweɪ /

noun

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.

adjective

used as a means of escape or fleeing: a stolen getaway car.
used for occasional relaxation, retreat, or reclusion: a weekend getaway house.

Nearby words

  1. get-up,
  2. get-up-and-go,
  3. get-well,
  4. geta,
  5. getafe,
  6. gethsemane,
  7. gethsemanic,
  8. getter,
  9. gettering,
  10. getting

Origin of getaway

First recorded in 1850–55; noun use of verb phrase get away

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Word Origin and History for getaway

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper