WORD ORIGIN noun the 23rd letter of the Arabic alphabet. Origin of lām
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British Dictionary definitions for lām verb lams, lamming or lammed slang (tr) to thrash or beat (intr; usually foll by into or out) to make a sweeping stroke or blow Word Origin for lam
C16: from Scandinavian; related to Old Norse
lemja noun a sudden flight or escape, esp to avoid arrest on the lam making an escape in hiding verb lams, lamming or lammed Word Origin for lam
C19: perhaps from
lam 1 (hence, to be off)
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Word Origin and History for lām 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 lām
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