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absquatulate

[ab-skwoch-uh-leyt]
verb (used without object), ab·squat·u·lat·ed, ab·squat·u·lat·ing. Slang.
  1. to flee; abscond: The old prospector absquatulated with our picks and shovel.
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Origin of absquatulate

1820–30; pseudo-Latinism, from ab-, squat, and -ulate, paralleling Latin-derived words with initial abs- (e.g., abscond, abstention) and final -tulate (e.g., congratulate)
Related formsab·squat·u·lat·er, nounab·squat·u·la·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for absquatulation

absquatulate

verb
  1. (intr) to leave; decamp
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Word Origin for absquatulate

C19: humorous formation as if from Latin
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Word Origin and History for absquatulation

absquatulate

v.

1837, "Facetious U.S. coinage" [Weekley], perhaps rooted in mock-Latin negation of squat "to settle." Said to have been used by the U.S. Western character "Nimrod Wildfire" in the play "The Kentuckian," as re-written by British author William B. Bernard and staged in London in 1833. Related: Absquatulated; absquatulating.

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