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to depart in haste
a hasty departure
[C19: probably an adaptation of Italian scappare to escape; perhaps influenced by folk etymology Scapa Flow Cockney rhyming slang for go]
to depart suddenly; flee.
[1840–50; orig. argot, probably < Polari « Italian scappare to flee]
Past participle: scarpered
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|Verb||1.||scarper - 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, lam, run away, 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
verb (Brit. slang) run away, flee, disappear, go, depart, clear off (informal), beat it (slang), make off, abscond, decamp, take flight, hook it (slang), run for it, slope off, cut and run (informal), beat a hasty retreat, do a bunk (Brit. slang), scram (informal), take yourself off, skedaddle (informal), vamoose (slang, chiefly U.S.), make yourself scarce (informal), take to your heels I've never seen anyone scarper so fast.