on the lam

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of on the lam

US, informal
: trying to avoid being caught by the police
  • two escaped convicts on the lam

Word by Word Definitions

lam play
  1. : to beat soundly : thrash

  2. : strike, thrash

  3. : to flee hastily : scram

  1. : sudden or hurried flight especially from the law


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