- to go away; get out (usually used as a command): I said I was busy, so scram.
Origin of scram1
1925–30; probably shortened form of scramble (but compare German schramm, imperative singular of schrammen to depart)
- the rapid shutdown of a nuclear reactor in an emergency.
- to shut down (a nuclear reactor) rapidly in an emergency.
Origin of scram2
1945–50; perhaps identical with scram1, though sense development is unclear
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Examples from the Web for scramming
- (intr; often imperative) informal to go away hastily; get out
C20: shortened from scramble
- an emergency shutdown of a nuclear reactor
- (of a nuclear reactor) to shut down or be shut down in an emergency
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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