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/ ˈgɛt əˌweɪ /
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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.
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Origin of getaway

First recorded in 1850–55; noun use of verb phrase get away
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How to use getaway in a sentence

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
an exclamation indicating mild disbelief
noun getaway
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Other Idioms and Phrases with getaway

get away


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.


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.


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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