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lam1

[lam]Slang.
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verb (used with object), lammed, lam·ming.
  1. to beat; thrash.
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verb (used without object), lammed, lam·ming.
  1. to beat; strike; thrash (usually followed by out or into).
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Origin of lam1

1590–1600; < Old Norse lamdi, past tense of lemja to beat; akin to lame1

lam2

[lam]Slang.
noun
  1. a hasty escape; flight.
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verb (used without object), lammed, lam·ming.
  1. to run away quickly; escape; flee: I'm going to lam out of here as soon as I've finished.
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Idioms
  1. on the lam, escaping, fleeing, or hiding, especially from the police: He's been on the lam ever since he escaped from jail.
  2. take it on the lam, to flee or escape in great haste: The swindler took it on the lam and was never seen again.
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Origin of lam2

1885–90; special use of lam1. Compare beat it! be off!

lām

[lahm]
noun
  1. the 23rd letter of the Arabic alphabet.
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Origin of lām

From Arabic; see origin at lambda

Lam

[lahm, lam]
noun
  1. Wi·fre·do [wi-frey-doh] /wɪˈfreɪ doʊ/or Wil·fre·do [wil-frey-doh] /wɪlˈfreɪ doʊ/, 1902–82, Cuban painter in Europe.
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lam.

  1. laminated.
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Lam.

  1. Lamentations.
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Examples from the Web for lam

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  • Mrs. McKee drew a long breath and entered the lam stew in a book.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • I've got Jeems Henery to stop gamblin',” he whispered, “an' I didn't have to lam' him.

  • A trader, coming into this camp, represented that lam Khn had let Sl.

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan

  • A genus formed for the reception of Isocardia semi-sulcata, Lam.

    A Conchological Manual

    George Brettingham Sowerby

  • A family belonging to the first section of the order Gasteropoda, Lam.

    A Conchological Manual

    George Brettingham Sowerby


British Dictionary definitions for lam

lam1

verb lams, lamming or lammed slang
  1. (tr) to thrash or beat
  2. (intr; usually foll by into or out) to make a sweeping stroke or blow
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Word Origin

C16: from Scandinavian; related to Old Norse lemja

lam2

noun
  1. a sudden flight or escape, esp to avoid arrest
  2. on the lam
    1. making an escape
    2. in hiding
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verb lams, lamming or lammed
  1. (intr) to escape or flee
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Word Origin

C19: perhaps from lam 1 (hence, to be off)

Lam.

abbreviation for
  1. Lamentations
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Word Origin and History for lam

n.

"flight," as in on the lam, 1897, from a U.S. slang verb meaning "to run off" (1886), of uncertain origin, perhaps somehow from the first element of lambaste, which was used in British student slang for "beat" since 1590s; if so, it would give the word the same etymological sense as the slang expression beat it.

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Idioms and Phrases with lam

lam

see on the lam.

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