get away

[get away] {v.} 1. To get loose or get free; become free from beingheld or controlled; succeed in leaving; escape.

As Jim was tryingthe bat, it got away from him and hit Tom.

Someone left the dooropen, and the puppy got away.

Mary tried to catch a butterfly, butit got away from her.

The bank robbers used a stolen car to getaway.

If Mr. Graham can get away from his store this afternoon, hewill take Johnny fishing.

2. To begin; start.

We got away early inthe morning on the first day of our vacation.

The race got away toa fast start.

Compare: GET OFF(3), START IN, START OUT.