Where does the term “scot-free” come from and What does scot-free mean?

In olden times, although the source is uncertain, a scot was the amount that one owed for entertainment, usually the amount of one’s share in that entertainment, as for the drinks in a tavern.

Scot-free thus described one whose debt was assumed by others or whose drink was “on the house.”

From that beginning, the meaning of scot-free came to be freedom from other kinds of payment, as taxes or tolls, and from that it became extended to freedom from punishment.

where does the term scot free come from and what does scot free mean
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