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
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)