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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Definitions for absquatulate

  1. Slang. to flee; abscond: The old prospector absquatulated with our picks and shovel.

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Citations for absquatulate
He [Mark Twain] has vamosed, cut stick, absquatulated; and among the pine forests of the Sierras, or amid the purlieus of the city of earthquakes, he will tarry awhile… , "An Exile," Gold Hill Evening News, May 30, 1864
The former owners having been in some haste to absquatulate, random items of inventory had been left behind, the usual two-headed dogs in jars and pickled brains of notable figures in history… Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day, 2006
Origin of absquatulate
1820-1830
Absquatulate is thought to be a humorous formation intended to sound Latin in origin. It is chiefly used in the US with earliest recorded use dated from the 1830s.