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Hi guys,

could you please explain the difference between the following two groups of lines to me?

1)

- Should a county sheriff get a way with playing lawyer and over riding a judge's court order?

- Some people can get a way with just wearing a retainer to straighten their teeth.

versus

2)

- My best advice is find a babysitter and get a way with him.

- Quarles, probably just let some emotions get a way with him and took some criticism too personally.

Please what's the base difference between getting a way with something / someone?

Could you please clear this up to me?

thanks a lot in advance

Tomáš
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Hi,

could you please explain the difference between the following two groups of lines to me?

a way away

1)

- Should a county sheriff get a way with playing lawyer and over riding a judge's court order?

get away with something = be allowed to do something without suffering adverse consequences.
eg Tom got away with murdering his wife. No-one found out that he did it.

- Some people can get a way with just wearing a retainer to straighten their teeth.
Similar meaning. They can do that without adverse cosequences for their teeth.

versus

2)

- My best advice is find a babysitter and get a way with him.
This is not a standard expression in a context like this. I' don't know what it means. I'd have to start guessing.

- Quarles, probably just let some emotions get a way away with him and took some criticism too personally.
This is not really a standard expression here.
The meaning seems clearly to be that he lost control of his emotions. More common expressions are
eg his emotions ran away with him.
eg his emotions got away from him.

Clive

Please what's the base difference between getting a way with something / someone?

Could you please clear this up to me?
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Thanks a lot Clive for explanations!

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