Dictionary.com

scot-free

[ skot-free ]
/ ˈskɒtˈfri /
Save This Word!

adjective
completely free from harm, restraint, punishment, or obligation: The driver of the car escaped from the accident scot-free. The judge let the defendant off scot-free.
QUIZ
WILL YOU SAIL OR STUMBLE ON THESE GRAMMAR QUESTIONS?
Smoothly step over to these common grammar mistakes that trip many people up. Good luck!
Question 1 of 7
Fill in the blank: I can’t figure out _____ gave me this gift.

Origin of scot-free

Middle English word dating back to 1200–50; see origin at scot, -free
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use scot-free in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for scot-free

scot-free

adverb, adjective
(predicative) without harm, loss, or penalty

Word Origin for scot-free

C16: see scot and lot
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK