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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Definitions for vamoose

  1. Slang. to leave hurriedly or quickly; decamp.
  2. Slang. to leave hurriedly or quickly from; decamp from.

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Citations for vamoose
"I swear to you, man to man, I did not come to Butte to stir up trouble. What more can I do to convince you?" "Leave town. Vamoose." Ivan Doig, Work Song, 2010
Somewhere east of the Wayne and west of Arness, the romantic Cowboy Hero was tracked down by a posse of hard-eyed realists and told to vamoose. It was time for a Truth about the Old West. , "For Young Readers: In the Days of the Cowboy," New York Times, February 14, 1971
Origin of vamoose
Vamoose meaning “leave in a hurry” has long been associated with cowboys of the American West and Southwest in the 19th century. The American pronunciation væˈmus is an approximate pronunciation of Spanish vamos “let’s go!” The Spanish form derives straightforwardly from Latin vādāmus, the 1st person plural subjunctive used as a “hortatory subjunctive” (a 1st person imperative) of vādere “to go.” Latin vādere is related to English wade. Vamoose entered English in the 19th century.
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