Absquatulate
Absquatulate Ab*squat"u*late, v. i. To take one's self off; to decamp. [A jocular word. U. S.] [1913 Webster] ||

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  • absquatulate — (v.) 1837, Facetious U.S. coinage [Weekley], perhaps rooted in mock Latin negation of SQUAT (Cf. squat) to settle. Said to have been used by the U.S. Western character Nimrod Wildfire in the play The Kentuckian, as re written by British author… …   Etymology dictionary

  • absquatulate — verb /æbˈskwɑʧəleɪt/ a) To leave quickly or in a hurry; to take oneself off; to decamp; to depart. b) To cause to absquatulate. Syn: abscond, decamp …   Wiktionary

  • absquatulate — absquatulater, n. absquatulation, n. /ab skwoch euh layt /, v.i., absquatulated, absquatulating. Slang. to flee; abscond: The old prospector absquatulated with our picks and shovel. [1820 30; pseudo Latinism, from AB , SQUAT, and ulate,… …   Universalium

  • absquatulate — Synonyms and related words: abscond, beat a retreat, bolt, clear out, cut and run, decamp, depart, desert, dog it, elope, flee, fly, fugitate, go AWOL, jump, jump bail, lam, levant, make off, powder, run, run away, run away from, run away with,… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • absquatulate — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb Regional. To break loose and leave suddenly, as from confinement or from a difficult or threatening situation: abscond, break out, decamp, escape, flee, fly, get away, run away. Informal: skip (out). Slang: lam. Idioms …   English dictionary for students

  • absquatulate — v. go away, run off, abscond, beat a retreat, desert (Colloquial speech)É™b skwÉ‘tʃəleɪt /É™b skwÉ’tʃʊl …   English contemporary dictionary

  • absquatulate — [əb skwɒtjʊleɪt] verb humorous, chiefly N. Amer. leave abruptly. Derivatives absquatulation noun Origin C19: blend of abscond, squattle squat down , and perambulate …   English new terms dictionary

  • absquatulate — ab·squat·u·late …   English syllables

  • absquatulate — ab•squat•u•late [[t]æbˈskwɒtʃ əˌleɪt[/t]] v. i. lat•ed, lat•ing. Slang. cvb sts to flee; abscond • Etymology: 1820–30; coined from ab , squat, and ulate …   From formal English to slang

  • absquatulate — /æbˈskwɒtʃəleɪt/ (say ab skwochuhlayt) verb (i) Colloquial (humorous) to leave; depart. {US slang (1830s); from supposed Latin ab + squat (giving the reverse of squat, that is, to decamp) + ulate ending} …   Australian English dictionary

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