scram

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

Origin of scram

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

scram

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[skram]Informal.
noun
  1. the rapid shutdown of a nuclear reactor in an emergency.
verb (used with object)
  1. 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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Related Words for scram

vamoose, hightail, depart, skedaddle, decamp, scoot, disappear

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British Dictionary definitions for scram

scram

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

Word Origin for scram

C20: shortened from scramble

scram

2
noun
  1. an emergency shutdown of a nuclear reactor
verb
  1. (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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Word Origin and History for scram
v.

1928, U.S. slang, either a shortened form of scramble (v.) or from German schramm, imperative singular of schrammen "depart." Related: Scrammed; scramming.

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