Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To give a thorough beating to; thrash.
  • intransitive v. To strike; wallop.
  • intransitive v. To escape, as from prison.
  • n. Flight, especially from the law: escaped convicts on the lam.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Used in the expression on the lam to mean that a person is fleeing law enforcement, possibly in hiding.
  • v. To beat or thrash
  • n. The twenty-third letter of the Arabic alphabet, ﻝ. It is preceded by ك and followed by م.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To beat soundly; to thrash.

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. give a thrashing to; beat hard
  • n. a rapid escape (as by criminals)
  • v. flee; take to one's heels; cut and run

Etymologies

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)
From Old Norse lemja. (Wiktionary)
Arabic This definition is lacking an etymology or has an incomplete etymology. You can help Wiktionary by giving it a proper etymology. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Turkish football coach and former player, Ertuğrul Sağlam is currently manager for Bursaspor club.

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  • "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.

    Convicted corporate executive arrested in Mexico after 2 years on the lam

  • The word lamé comes from the Old French for a thin plate of overlapping metal, as used in armor.

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  • 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.

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  • Most times, the journeys were undertaken in search of better opportunities; twice he was on the lam from the golfing authorities.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Hey, we warned you. fashion writer called the lamé leg wear "chic" when paired with a long blazer.

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  • According to the New York Post, Tackman's first stop on the lam was his mother's house, where he changed clothes.

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  • 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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