Get Away With

person getting away with driving fast
Type: Phrasal Verbs
Originally published on February 5, 2023 and last updated on August 1, 2023

Phrasal verbs play a crucial role in the English language and “get away with” is just one example of a widely used phrase. As a non-native speaker, practicing these phrasal verbs can greatly improves English fluency and comprehension.

It is important for English learners to not only study the meanings of phrasal verbs, but also to practice using them in context through speaking and listening exercises.

Review the meaning of the phrasal verb with your students first to make sure they understand how to use it correctly, and then go through the different conversation questions. Ask them to try and include the phrasal verb naturally in their answers.

Meaning and Examples

The phrasal verb “get away with something” means to successfully do or avoid something without being punished, caught, or discovered.


“He thought he could get away with cheating on the exam, but the teacher caught him”.
“She was able to get away with lying to her boss because he believed her story”.
“The robbers thought they could get away with the theft, but they were eventually caught by the police”.

Conversation Questions

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  • Have you ever gotten away with doing something wrong?
  • What is the most unethical thing you've seen someone get away with?
  • Do you think some people are more likely to get away with things?
  • Is it okay to get away with cheating in exams?
  • Should people be able to get away with hate speech?
  • What do you about people who manage to get away with not paying taxes?
  • Should people be able to get away with speeding on the roads?
  • Do you think it is fine to get away with hate speech?
  • Do you think that people who have power and influence have an easier time getting away with things?
  • Do you think it's easier to get away with something today than it was in the past?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.