American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To give a thorough beating to; thrash.
- v. To strike; wallop.
- v. To escape, as from prison.
- n. Flight, especially from the law: escaped convicts on the lam.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To thrash; beat.
- n. An obsolete spelling of lamb.
- n. In weaving, a leaf or heddle.
- n. An abbreviation of Lamentations.
- n. Used in the expression on the lam to mean that a person is fleeing law enforcement, possibly in hiding.
- v. transitive To beat or thrash
- n. The twenty-third letter of the Arabic alphabet, ﻝ. It is preceded by ك and followed by م.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. Obs. or Low To beat soundly; to thrash.
- v. give a thrashing to; beat hard
- n. a rapid escape (as by criminals)
- v. flee; take to one's heels; cut and run
- From Old Norse lemja. (Wiktionary)
- Probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse lemja, to cripple by beating, flog.Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Turkish football coach and former player, Ertuğrul Sağlam is currently manager for Bursaspor club.”
“She was living comfortably - making friends and going out dancing," said Shadwick, who added that the full story of what Parrett did on the lam is not yet known.”
“The word lamé comes from the Old French for a thin plate of overlapping metal, as used in armor.”
“Yet, the neocons long assumed that a majority in Iraq would vote for a man on the lam from a sentence of 22 years in neighboring Jordan for fraud in the collapse of the Chalabi family's Petra Bank.”
“Most times, the journeys were undertaken in search of better opportunities; twice he was on the lam from the golfing authorities.”
“On the frontpage of today’s Wall Street Journal there’s a story about two Black Panter Party members who have been on the lam from the law for 40 years.”
“T. W.That rifle sounds about right, same weight as factory wood even though lam. is usually heavier but you didn't say caliber but from everything I've read (don't have one) they're near syn. quality.”
“Hey, we warned you. fashion writer called the lamé leg wear "chic" when paired with a long blazer.”
“According to the New York Post, Tackman's first stop on the lam was his mother's house, where he changed clothes.”
“Just read and count the many grammatical mistakes: he does not know that "lam" tajzimu al-fi`l, among other mistakes, and I am assuming that he writes the hamzah according to the Egyptian style.”
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