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Chris -- 2015-05-30
I recently encountered this somewhere:
”...get a way with it”
A glance online finds many, many of these. Lots of them could be typos, but “get a way with it” as an eggcorn for “get away with it” makes sense to me. To “get a way” could be seen as finding a path (a way) for escape.
I.e. “get a way away from it”? Perhaps. But “with” does not usually collocate that well with the idea of escaping or departing from something, does it? Or is the “with” still, in your mind, denoting that the “loot” remains with the escapee? If so, this is very near to a recreation of the etymological pathway that brought us “away” in the first place.
*If the human mind were simple enough for us to understand,
we would be too simple-minded to understand it* .