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50 Mistreated Words and Desecrated Phrases: Scotch-free (or Scott free)

Have you ever escaped a potentially embarrassing or difficult situation scot-free? Can you recall an instance when a traffic cop let you off with just a warning? Or have you dodged the blame bullet in some wild way?

If that’s the case, you didn’t get off Scotch-free or Scott free. You got off scot-free.

Great Scott!  Count yourself lucky!

“Scot” was a Middle English / Norse term pertaining to a tax, fee, or charge assessed. It has nothing to do with being Scottish, being sufficiently coated with Scotch Guard, drinking Scotch whiskey (neat or on the rocks), or dealing with anyone named Scott.

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