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