A getaway is a speedy escape, like the getaway bank robbers make when they flee the crime scene in a car.

The word getaway is so often used for fleeing criminals that it's also a way to describe the vehicle they use: "Follow that getaway car!" A completely different type of getaway is a vacation, like your family's weekend getaway to the Catskills last summer. The "escape" meaning is older, and it originally referred to foxes that eluded hunters.

Definitions of getaway

n a rapid escape (as by criminals)

“the thieves made a clean getaway
Type of:
escape, flight
the act of escaping physically

n the attribute of being capable of rapid acceleration

Type of:
an increase in rate of change

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