I. verb (lammed; lamming) Etymology: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse lemja to thrash; akin to Old English lama lame Date: 1595 transitive verb to beat soundly ; thrash intransitive verb 1. strike, thrash 2. to flee hastily ; scram II. noun Date: circa 1897 sudden or hurried flight especially from the law <
on the lam

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