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


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

Probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse lemja, to cripple by beating, flog.
Origin unknown.

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From Old Norse lemja.

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Arabic This definition is lacking an etymology or has an incomplete etymology. You can help Wiktionary by giving it a proper etymology.


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