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February 22nd, 2010

Today, when we use the term scot-free, we usually refer to someone who has gotten away with something off the hook, if you will. They may have gotten off for a crime, or they avoided payment of some kind. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, scot-free comes from the old Swedish expression skut-fri, meaning free from payment, and it s from this that the term derives its modern, figurative usage. "The jury came back with a verdict of not guilty, allowing the defendant to get off scot-free."