From a discussion of approaches to grading in college, found at Voice of America News:

Rios said just because students are not getting letter grades does not mean students can get away without working hard. The detailed reviews by teachers mean they need to understand what is being taught, she said.

  • What does it seem like it means, from context?
    – Adam
    Commented Sep 27, 2017 at 16:36

1 Answer 1


I think the cited usage is a bit of a mash-up. The standard idiomatic expression expression here is...

get away with (something) - to succeed in avoiding punishment for something

To remain idiomatic, it should be...

...does not mean students can get away with not working hard.

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