scarper

verb
scar·​per | \ˈskär-pər \
scarpered; scarpering; scarpers

Definition of scarper 

intransitive verb

British

: flee, run away broadly : leave, depart

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Examples of scarper in a Sentence

I went looking for Sally at the pub, but she'd scarpered.

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Ms Collett compares it to the muggy period before a thunderstorm, when the squirrels have scarpered and the air is pregnant with foreboding of trouble ahead. The Economist, "Europe’s passport-free zone faces a grim future," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of scarper

circa 1846, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for scarper

probably ultimately from Italian scappare, from Vulgar Latin *excappare — more at escape

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