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.

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Origin of getaway

First recorded in 1850–55; noun use of verb phrase get away
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British Dictionary definitions for getaway

get away

verb (adverb, mainly intr)

to make an escape; leave
to make a start
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

an exclamation indicating mild disbelief

noun getaway

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Idioms and Phrases with getaway

get away

1

Break free, escape, as in The suspect ran down the street and got away, or I wanted to come but couldn't get away from the office. [c. 1300] A variant is get away from it all, meaning “to depart and leave one's surroundings or problems or work behind.” For example, Joe is taking a few days off—he needs to get away from it all.

2

Start out or leave quickly, as in The greyhounds got away from the starting gate, or I thought I had the answer but it got away from me.

3

Go, move off. For example, Get away from my desk! or Get away—I don't want you near that hot stove. [Late 1700s] Also see get away with.

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