Lam meaning

lăm
Flight, especially from the law.

Escaped convicts on the lam.

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To escape, as from prison.
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Lamentations.
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(slang, former) To beat; hit; strike.
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Headlong flight, usually to escape punishment for a crime.
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To flee; escape.
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(bible) Lamentations.
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Used in the expression on the lam to mean that a person is fleeing law enforcement, possibly in hiding.
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The twenty-third letter of the Arabic alphabet, ﻝ. It is preceded by ك and followed by م.
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To give a thorough beating to; thrash.
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To strike; wallop.
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on the lam
  • in flight, as from the police
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take it on the lam
  • to make a getaway; escape
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of lam

  • Probably of Scandinavian origin Old Norse lemja to cripple by beating, flog

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Origin unknown

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old Norse lemja.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Wiktionary