get away

get away  {v.}
1. To get loose or get free; become free from being held or controlled; succeed in leaving; escape.
As Jim was trying the bat, it got away from him and hit Tom.
Someone left the door open, and the puppy got away.
Mary tried to catch a butterfly, but it got away from her.
The bank robbers used a stolen car to get away.
If Mr. Graham can get away from his store this afternoon, he will take Johnny fishing.
2. To begin; start.
We got away early in the morning on the first day of our vacation.
The race got away to a fast start.
Compare: GET OFF (3), START IN, START OUT.
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