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Get away with (it)

Discussion in 'עברית (Hebrew)' started by airelibre, Oct 30, 2013.

  1. airelibre

    airelibre Senior Member

    English - London
    How do you say "that was a close shave, but we got away with it"?
    And "Some people get away with murder these days"?
  2. Tararam Senior Member

    The root you're looking for is ח-מ-ק, h-m-q.
    When conjugated in hitpa'el (and possibly qal) you get the notion of "get away with".
    It's not a complete translation because "ח-מ-ק" implies "to distance oneself"/"to slip away", so we say "לחמוק/להתחמק מעונש".
    "בימינו יש אנשים שמתחמקים מעונש על..." = "some people get away (distance themselves) from punishment...".
  3. airelibre

    airelibre Senior Member

    English - London
    Thank you.
  4. Manedwolf Junior Member

    that was a close shave: "זה היה קרוב" (it was close)

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