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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of scram.


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  • Vermont Yankee "scrammed" - automatically shut down Thursday, Aug 30th in the afternoon.

    Vermont Yankee Power Plant in Extremis

  • "scrammed" -- or went into automatic shutdown -- when a problem developed with equipment in the switchyard where it connects to the power grid.

    The Washington Times stories: Latest Headlines

  • After the reactors "scrammed"—meaning the nuclear reaction was stopped—they still had to cool down before inspectors could get inside the reactor-containment buildings.

    Earthquake Triggers Reactor-Design Review

  • The delivery guys basically stuffed it in the corner and scrammed before I could figure out my yuletide tree rights and ask to exchange it.

    Shiva Rose: Savages

  • After 30 minutes of getting there -- we all looked at each other, didn't have much more to say and scrammed -- I later saw Schenectady, NY and realized this was probably one of the most depressing days of my entire life.

    Dan Beckmann: So Where Did All the Hope and Change Go?

  • There are designs of reactors that have been tested that have short-lived waste products, and are so safe that during testing they were ‘scrammed’ or shut down on the weekends, to be restarted on Monday.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » A New Nuclear Option

  • It occurred to him that Hodges was going to go nuclear at the lab unless the evidence clerk serendipitously reappeared from wherever he might have scrammed.

    CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Skin Deep

  • I probably would NOT love it if I had a spouse and several children who either (a) expected elaborate meals every night (b) ate and scrammed, without helping with the dishes or even thanking me or (c) had a spouse who expected dinner on the table, no questions asked, meat, potatoes, and two veg, at 6:30 pm on the dot, every day of the year.

    All I can think of is "cult of domesticity" - And She Knits Too!

  • Now it made sense: by the time we detected a launch and were able to relay the coordinates to our pilots, who then flew to the target, the Iraqis had scrammed.


  • I quickly stuffed the earthworm in her mouth and scrammed away.

    Archive 2007-12-01


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