lam

Primary Meanings of lam

1.
v
give a thrashing to; beat hard
2.
vn
flee; take to one's heels; cut and run
a rapid escape (as by criminals)
Full Definitions of lam
1

v give a thrashing to; beat hard

Synonyms:
flail, thrash, thresh
bat, clobber, cream, drub, lick, thrash
beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight
Type of:
beat, beat up, work over
give a beating to; subject to a beating, either as a punishment or as an act of aggression
2

v flee; take to one's heels; cut and run

Synonyms:
break away, bunk, escape, fly the coop, head for the hills, hightail it, run, run away, scarper, scat, take to the woods, turn tail
Types:
show 9 types...
hide 9 types...
flee, fly, take flight
run away quickly
skedaddle
run away, as if in a panic
break
make a rupture in the ranks of the enemy or one's own by quitting or fleeing
stampede
run away in a stampede
abscond, absquatulate, bolt, decamp, go off, make off, run off
run away; usually includes taking something or somebody along
elope, run off
run away secretly with one's beloved
break loose, escape, get away
run away from confinement
high-tail
retreat at full speed
defect, desert
desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army
Type of:
go away, go forth, leave
go away from a place

n a rapid escape (as by criminals)

“after the expose he had to take it on the lam
Synonyms:
getaway
Type of:
escape, flight
the act of escaping physically

Sign up, it's free!

Whether you're a student, an educator, or a lifelong learner, Vocabulary.com can put you on the path to systematic vocabulary improvement.