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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

skate

noun

An inferior horse: They'd kill that bunch of skates for their hides (1894+)

verb
  1. To default a debt; avoid paying (1930s+ Black)
  2. To leave; split (1915+)
  3. To evade duty; goldbrick, goof off: The gunny accuses you of trying to skate (WWII armed forces)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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