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[ skram ]
/ skræm /
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verb (used without object), scrammed, scram·ming.Informal.
to go away; get out (usually used as a command): I said I was busy, so scram.
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Origin of scram

1
1925–30; probably shortened form of scramble (but compare German schramm, imperative singular of schrammen to depart)

Other definitions for scram (2 of 2)

scram2
[ skram ]
/ skræm /
Informal.

noun
the rapid shutdown of a nuclear reactor in an emergency.
verb (used with object)
to shut down (a nuclear reactor) rapidly in an emergency.

Origin of scram

2
1945–50; perhaps identical with scram1, though sense development is unclear
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British Dictionary definitions for scram (1 of 2)

scram1
/ (skræm) /

verb scrams, scramming or scrammed
(intr; often imperative) informal to go away hastily; get out

Word Origin for scram

C20: shortened from scramble

British Dictionary definitions for scram (2 of 2)

scram2
/ (skræm) /

noun
an emergency shutdown of a nuclear reactor
verb
(of a nuclear reactor) to shut down or be shut down in an emergency

Word Origin for scram

C20: perhaps from scram 1
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