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skedaddle

[ski-dad-l] /skɪˈdæd l/
verb (used without object), skedaddled, skedaddling.
1.
to run away hurriedly; flee.
noun
2.
a hasty flight.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65, Americanism; compare dial. (Scots, N England) skedaddle to spill, scatter, skiddle to move away quickly
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  • Of course they will skedaddle if they figure the jig is up.
British Dictionary definitions for skedaddle

skedaddle

/skɪˈdædəl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to run off hastily
noun
2.
a hasty retreat
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for skedaddle
v.

"to run away," 1861, American Civil War military slang, of unknown origin, perhaps connected to earlier use in northern England dialect with a meaning "to spill." Liberman says it "has no connection with any word of Greek, Irish, or Swedish, and it is not a blend" [contra De Vere]. He calls it instead an "enlargement of dial. scaddle 'scare, frighten.'" Related: Skedaddled; skedaddling. As a noun from 1870.

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Slang definitions & phrases for skedaddle

skedaddle

verb

To run away; flee; fly; depart hastily: the verb ''to skedaddle,'' which was revived during the war to suggest precipitous flight, and has held its own ever since

[1861+; origin unknown; perhaps fr an attested Scots dialect sense, ''spill,'' which could suggest ''scatter, disperse''; the example from 1884 supposes an earlier origin]


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