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Wednesday, May 05, 2010


\va-MOOS\ , verb;
To leave hurriedly or quickly; decamp.
To leave hurriedly or quickly from; decamp from.
Councilman Caraway is adamant that all of the businesses on Pontiac Street must go away, vamoose, take a powder, even though they are industrial and manufacturing companies and even though they are on land that is zoned for industrial and manufacturing.
-- Jim Schultze, Dallas Observer, April 21, 2010
"Vamoose!" my father repeated, making an exasperated shooing motion.
-- Jose Skinner, Flight and other stories
"If you don't vamoose before I count fifteen, I swear I'll fire. And I shan't miss, I warn you. We don't want to see your face again."
-- Alfred Tresidder Sheppard, The quest of Ledgar Dunstan
Vamoose originates in the 1800s, derived from the Spanish vamos, or "let us go." The word likely entered American usage through Mexico.
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