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lam

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[ lam ]
/ læm /
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verb (used with object), lammed, lam·ming.
to beat; thrash.
verb (used without object), lammed, lam·ming.
to beat; strike; thrash (usually followed by out or into).
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Origin of lam

1
1590–1600; <Old Norse lamdi, past tense of lemja to beat; akin to lame1

Other definitions for lam (2 of 6)

lam2
[ lam ]
/ læm /
Slang.

noun
a hasty escape; flight.
verb (used without object), lammed, lam·ming.
to run away quickly; escape; flee: I'm going to lam out of here as soon as I've finished.

Origin of lam

2
1885–90; special use of lam1. Compare beat it! be off!

Other definitions for lam (3 of 6)

Lam
[ lahm, lam ]
/ lɑm, læm /

noun
Wi·fre·do [wi-frey-doh] /wɪˈfreɪ doʊ/ or Wil·fre·do [wil-frey-doh], /wɪlˈfreɪ doʊ/, 1902–82, Cuban painter in Europe.

Other definitions for lam (4 of 6)

lām
[ lahm ]
/ lɑm /

noun
the 23rd letter of the Arabic alphabet.

Origin of lām

From Arabic; see origin at lambda

Other definitions for lam (5 of 6)

lam.

abbreviation
laminated.

Other definitions for lam (6 of 6)

Lam.

abbreviation Bible.
Lamentations.
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British Dictionary definitions for lam (1 of 3)

lam1
/ (læm) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for lam (2 of 3)

lam2
/ (læm) US and Canadian slang /

noun
a sudden flight or escape, esp to avoid arrest
on the lam
  1. making an escape
  2. 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)

British Dictionary definitions for lam (3 of 3)

Lam.
/ Bible /

abbreviation for
Lamentations
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Other Idioms and Phrases with lam

lam

see on the lam.

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