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Wednesday, September 04, 2013

skedaddle

\ski-DAD-l\ , verb;
1.
to run away hurriedly; flee.
noun:
1.
a hasty flight.
Quotes:
"We don't have time to waste today, Eddie," she told him abruptly. "Now get your coffee and skedaddle."
-- Katherine Hall Page, The Body in the Bouillon, 1992
They just used to skedaddle off to work — I've seen hundreds of 'em, bit of breakfast in hand, running wild and shining to catch their little season-ticket train, for fear they'd get dismissed if they didn't; working at businesses they were afraid to take the trouble to understand...
-- H.G. Wells, The War of the Worlds, 1898
Origin:
Skedaddle is an Americanism that arose in the 1860s. It may be related to the Scottish dialect word of the same spelling meaning "to spill, scatter."
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