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Why do robbers escape "scot free"?


kingston robbersMy son asked me: Where does the phrase “scot free” come from?
Jason, Hatfield


** Definitive **
Name: Jamie, Croydon
Qualification: I did English language at university
Answer: Scot is an old English word for a tax, coming from the Norman French word ‘escot’. So it means tax free.