American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. Informal To leave hastily; flee.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To spill; scatter.
- To betake one's self hastily to flight; run away; scamper off, as through fear or in panic.
- n. A hasty, disorderly flight.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. Slang, U. S. To betake one's self to flight, as if in a panic; to flee; to run away.
- v. run away, as if in a panic
- n. a hasty flight
- Probably an alteration of British dialect scaddle ("to run off in a fright"), from the adjective scaddle ("wild, timid, skittish"), from Middle English scathel, skadylle ("harmful, fierce, wild"), of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse skaði ("harm"). Possibly related to the Greek σκέδασις (skedasis, "scattering"), σκεδασμός (skedasmos, "dispersion"). (US) Possibly related to scud or scat. (Wiktionary)
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And since, in his fright, he didn't "skedaddle" fast enough to suit them, they threw beets and all sorts of vegetables at him, vegetables that had been ripe a very long time.”
“That famous "skedaddle," as it was the fashion to call it, he frankly admitted, in his official report, began among the men of his brigade, and the "disorderly retreat" speedily became a humiliating rout, which only a few cool-headed officers, such as”
“* It may be interesting to note here that in all probability the word "skedaddle," about which there was some controversy during the war, came from the Virginia negro's use of "skaddle," which is a corruption of "scatter.”
“* 1 It may he interesting to note here that in all probability the word "skedaddle," about which there was some controversy during the war, came from the Virginia negro's use of "skaddle," which is a corruption of "scatter.”
“Milroy's "skedaddle" was even more disgraceful than that of Banks.”
“The family live a shiftless existence, ‘doing the skedaddle’ from place to place when the bills mount up, sleeping in cardboard boxes and finding their best food source in dustbin leftovers.”
“That should have been Schiller's and Liley's cue to skedaddle.”
“Their thanks was to kill both him and his dog and then skedaddle back to Mexico, which refuses to hand over murderers to the US until we promise not to mete out the same punishment to them that they meted out to their victims.”
“The ones I've seen give you a good once over, and skedaddle.”
“Gladly taking the leap into those trenches is LaBeouf, eager to show he can do more than skedaddle away from computer-generated metal giants in the Transformers blockbusters.”
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