: to leave immediately : run away, scram
I've got to skedaddle or I'll be late. Whenever there was work to be done, he skedaddled. … of the five hundred and sixteen thousand immigrants who had come to Quebec since 1969 some three hundred and twelve thousand took a good look around and skedaddled.—Mordecai Richler … Vietnam, a country that has been virtually closed to foreigners since the last American helicopter skedaddled from the embassy rooftop in 1975.—Stephen O'Shea
: to flee in a panic
Little gray lizards skedaddle from our path. —Wells Tower Though penguins can't outrun a lion, they can skedaddle on land if they really need to. —Diane Ackerman … they took their money and skedaddled as the housing market collapsed. —Bill Saporito
… soldiers running from their units—and civilians running to avoid becoming part of one—were dubbed skedaddlers.
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