1. [ verb ] flee; take to one's heels; cut and run
Synonyms: run run_away fly_the_coop hightail_it bunk break_away escape head_for_the_hills turn_tail take_to_the_woods scarper

"If you see this man, run!" "The burglars escaped before the police showed up"

Related terms: leave flee skedaddle fugitive
2. [ verb ] give a thrashing to; beat hard
Synonyms: thrash flail thresh
Related terms: beat bat flail
3. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 1217
4. [ noun ] a rapid escape (as by criminals)
Synonyms: getaway

"the thieves made a clean getaway" "after the expose he had to take it on the lam"

Related terms: escape run
Similar spelling:   lama