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scram1

[skram] /skræm/
verb (used without object), scrammed, scramming. Informal.
1.
to go away; get out (usually used as a command):
I said I was busy, so scram.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30; probably shortened form of scramble (but compare German schramm, imperative singular of schrammen to depart)

scram2

[skram] /skræm/
noun
1.
the rapid shutdown of a nuclear reactor in an emergency.
verb (used with object)
2.
to shut down (a nuclear reactor) rapidly in an emergency.
Origin
1945-50; perhaps identical with scram1, though sense development is unclear
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Examples from the web for scram
  • Did they recover the scram jet or is it in the ocean.
  • And do not overlook scram jets which have dropped out of the news for a couple of years.
  • Virtually everyone in the state is telling him to scram, but he's not taking the hint.
  • Being told to scram by a large media outlet is not a good feeling.
  • He angrily orders her to scram, but she stubbornly remains.
British Dictionary definitions for scram

scram1

/skræm/
verb scrams, scramming, scrammed
1.
(intransitive; often imperative) (informal) to go away hastily; get out
Word Origin
C20: shortened from scramble

scram2

/skræm/
noun
1.
an emergency shutdown of a nuclear reactor
verb
2.
(of a nuclear reactor) to shut down or be shut down in an emergency
Word Origin
C20: perhaps from scram1

scramb

/skræm/
verb
1.
(transitive) (Brit, dialect) to scratch with nails or claws
Word Origin
from Dutch schrammen
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Word Origin and History for scram
v.

1928, U.S. slang, either a shortened form of scramble (v.) or from German schramm, imperative singular of schrammen "depart." Related: Scrammed; scramming.

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Slang definitions & phrases for scram

scram

noun

: I got ready for a sudden scram

verb

To leave quickly; flee; beat it: Customers scrammed screaming when the trailer went on/ Scram, you kids (1928+)

[fr scramble]


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