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[va-mohs] /væˈmoʊs/
verb (used with or without object), vamosed, vamosing. Slang.
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Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • For the formation we may compare American vamose, to skedaddle, from Span.

  • The boys weren't over-keen about staying with the herd and they can vamose.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • To vamose (from the Spanish vamos, let us go), came in at the same time.

    The American Language Henry L. Mencken
  • If we quarrel with them, we have to vamose; if we fight, we are wiped out.

  • One afternoon I ordered Atasca to vamose, and got up and dressed carefully.


    O. Henry
  • Yer goin' to shut up your desk and your books and this hull consarn inside of an hour, and vamose the ranch.

  • Get into the habit of whistlin Horaces tune; so that if ever youd want to warn us to vamose rapid, you can whistle it.

    Friar Tuck Robert Alexander Wason
  • To "vamose the ranch" means to clear out, to depart, to cut stick, to absquatulate.

    Across America James F. Rusling
  • In 1872, Barter was cowhided by a woman, and a committee formally requested the editor to vamose the town!

  • And if we warn off the passengers from going this trip, and let the stage go up empty, Bob would suspect something and vamose.

Slang definitions & phrases for vamose



To leave; depart, esp hastily; lam, scram, split: We better vamoose, Moose

[1834+; fr Spanish vamos, ''let us depart'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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