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Chris -- 2015-05-30

#1 2005-11-20 12:11:54

From: California
Registered: 2005-10-25
Posts: 1665

"scoff free" for "scot-free"

A “scot” originally meant a fine, tax or levy, or one individual’s contribution to the cost of an entertainment. The word’s meaning is utterly opaque now, and the authors of the following examples seem to feel that the persons in question might so completely escape the consequences of their actions that no one will scoff at them for their deeds. Examples:

With regard to the violent dismantling of refugees camps under the excuse of the ongoing war in Eastern Zaïre, RPF army and its proxy forces in Zaïre should under normal rule of law, not go scoff free. … ase104.htm

For this she was made an example of AND a very female example. Men have got off scoff free for less. … 2579&pp=40

He decided that if the principal heard his case, he would understand and let him off scoff free.

More than likely, we’ll figure out why the pilot did this, and why he wanted to get away scoff free. … ?p=1360477

People who bribe juvenile detention centers to get their kids off scoff free when they rape someone – or are raped – because a scandal like that would make the respected family look bad in the eyes of the church. … ge=2&pp=10



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