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scram

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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.

RELATED WORDS

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

Nearby words

scrabble, scrabbly, scrag, scraggly, scraggy, scram, scramasax, scramb, scramble, scrambled egg, scrambled eggs

Origin of scram

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

Definition for scram (2 of 2)

scram

2
[ 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)

scram

1
/ (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)

scram

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/ (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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Word Origin and History for scram

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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