- to beat; thrash.
- to beat; strike; thrash (usually followed by out or into).
Origin of lam1
- a hasty escape; flight.
- to run away quickly; escape; flee: I'm going to lam out of here as soon as I've finished.
- on the lam, escaping, fleeing, or hiding, especially from the police: He's been on the lam ever since he escaped from jail.
- take it on the lam, to flee or escape in great haste: The swindler took it on the lam and was never seen again.
Origin of lam2
- the 23rd letter of the Arabic alphabet.
Origin of lām
- Wi·fre·do [wi-frey-doh] /wɪˈfreɪ doʊ/or Wil·fre·do [wil-frey-doh] /wɪlˈfreɪ doʊ/, 1902–82, Cuban painter in Europe.
Examples from the Web for lam
The first pioneer to reach the riparian tributary where Kansas City now shimmers was, in fact, on the lam himself.Those Kansas City Blues: A Family History
October 24, 2014
And while Alliegro was on the lam in Central America, Rivera reportedly visited her several times.Former Congressman May Be Future Convict
August 20, 2014
Tyrion, now on the lam for patricide by crossbow, is destined for an unknown foreign port like a diminutive Edward Snowden.Valar Morghulis: Game of Thrones’ Women Are Going to Rule the World
June 17, 2014
“[It] was an unexpected but totally interesting project,” Lam told WWD.Gisele Bündchen Tops Highest-Paid Supermodels List; Kate Middleton Wears $72 Dress in Official Family Portrait
The Fashion Beast Team
August 20, 2013
But for the globally notorious on the lam, it is shaping up to be an attractive getaway.Ecuador Needs U.S. Aid. Will They Risk It All with Snowden?
June 26, 2013
Mrs. McKee drew a long breath and entered the lam stew in a book.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
I've got Jeems Henery to stop gamblin',” he whispered, “an' I didn't have to lam' him.In Happy Valley
A trader, coming into this camp, represented that lam Khn had let Sl.The Bbur-nma in English
Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
A genus formed for the reception of Isocardia semi-sulcata, Lam.
Those which depart furthest from this type are the Grypha, Lam.
- (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 lam
"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 lam
see on the lam.