Meaning of walk free in English:

walk free


mainly British
  • Elude the expected or deserved punishment.

    ‘the hit and run driver walked free from court’
    • ‘The 13-year-olds were found guilty of breaching an order, but walked free from court after magistrates imposed a two-year supervision order.’
    • ‘The millionaire businessman walked free from court yesterday after a jury took just 90 minutes to find him not guilty.’
    • ‘The pair walked free five years ago when a court case against them collapsed.’
    • ‘The father of the young man left paralysed spoke of his utter devastation after the men accused of assaulting his son walked free from court yesterday.’
    • ‘Many police suspects have been allowed to walk free.’