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lām

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

From Arabic; see origin at lambda
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British Dictionary definitions for lām

lam

1
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 for lam

C16: from Scandinavian; related to Old Norse lemja

lam

2
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 for lam

C19: perhaps from lam 1 (hence, to be off)
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Word Origin and History for lām

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 lām

lam

see on the lam.

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