Where Does The Phrase Getting Off Scot Free Come From?

12 June 2018, 16:02 | Updated: 12 June 2018, 16:10

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Mystery Hour Question

You know ‘getting off scot free’ means getting away with anything, but where does it originate?

Mark, Sunbury on Thames

Answer

**Definitive**

Name: Martin, Bexley Heath and James O’Brien

Qualification: Worked for the Daily Express Library

Answer: Scot free means tax free. The Norse word for payment was Scot and its meaning has evolved from there to mean getting away with it.

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