take it on the lam

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of take it on the lam

: to try to escape used mainly to suggest or imitate the language of old movies about gangsters
  • She stole a lot of money from her employer and took it on the lam.

Word by Word Definitions

take play
  1. : to get into one's hands or into one's possession, power, or control: such as

  2. : to seize or capture physically

  3. : to get possession of (fish or game) by killing or capturing

  1. : a distinct or personal point of view, outlook, or assessment

  2. : an act or the action of taking: such as

  3. : the uninterrupted photographing or televising of a scene

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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