- the 23rd letter of the Arabic alphabet.
Origin of lām
- (tr) to thrash or beat
- (intr; usually foll by into or out) to make a sweeping stroke or blow
- a sudden flight or escape, esp to avoid arrest
- on the lam
- making an escape
- in hiding
- (intr) to escape or flee
Word Origin and History for lām
"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.
Idioms and Phrases with lām
see on the lam.