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a hasty escape; fleeing or hiding from the law: on the lam
Not to be confused with:
lamb – a young sheep; a person who is gentle or innocent; a person who is easily cheated
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v. lammed, lam·ming, lams Slang
To give a thorough beating to; thrash.
To strike; wallop.
[Probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse lemja, to cripple by beating, flog.]
lam 2(lăm) Slang
intr.v. lammed, lam·ming, lams
To escape, as from prison.
Flight, especially from the law: escaped convicts on the lam.
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vb, lams, lamming or lammed
1. (tr) to thrash or beat
2. (intr; usually foll by into or out) to make a sweeping stroke or blow
[C16: from Scandinavian; related to Old Norse lemja]
1. a sudden flight or escape, esp to avoid arrest
2. on the lam
a. making an escape
b. in hiding
vb, lams, lamming or lammed
(intr) to escape or flee
[C19: perhaps from lam1 (hence, to be off)]
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n., v. lammed, lam•ming. Slang. n.
1. a hasty escape.v.i.
2. to escape.
3. to thrashv.t.
4. to thrash.Idioms:
on the lam, Slang. hiding or in flight from the police.
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Past participle: lammed
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|Noun||1.||lam - a rapid escape (as by criminals); "the thieves made a clean getaway"; "after the expose he had to take it on the lam"|
|Verb||1.||lam - flee; take to one's heels; cut and run; "If you see this man, run!"; "The burglars escaped before the police showed up"|
fly the coop, head for the hills, hightail it, run away, scarper, scat, take to the woods, turn tail, run, bunk, break away, escape
go forth, leave, go away - go away from a place; "At what time does your train leave?"; "She didn't leave until midnight"; "The ship leaves at midnight"
skedaddle - run away, as if in a panic
|2.||lam - give a thrashing to; beat hard|
beat up, work over, beat - give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression; "Thugs beat him up when he walked down the street late at night"; "The teacher used to beat the students"
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Slang. To break loose and leave suddenly, as from confinement or from a difficult or threatening situation:
Informal: skip (out).
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B. VI to lam into sb → dar una paliza a algn
lam2 [læm] N to be on the lam (US) → ser fugitivo de la justicia
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on the lam (mainly US) → en cavale
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vt → vermöbeln (inf)
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