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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.
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Origin of scram1

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


  1. the rapid shutdown of a nuclear reactor in an emergency.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to shut down (a nuclear reactor) rapidly in an emergency.
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Origin of scram2

1945–50; perhaps identical with scram1, though sense development is unclear
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Historical Examples

  • We are scramming through that crowd like mad, and we are in the clear.

    Hoiman and the Solar Circuit

    Gordon Dewey

  • I was confronted with the alternatives of scramming or calling him a liar.

    The Old Martians

    Roger Phillips Graham

British Dictionary definitions for scramming


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

C20: shortened from scramble


  1. an emergency shutdown of a nuclear reactor
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  1. (of a nuclear reactor) to shut down or be shut down in an emergency
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Word Origin

C20: perhaps from scram 1
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Word Origin and History for scramming



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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