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Lam \Lam\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lammed; p. pr. & vb. n. Lamming.] [Icel. lemja to beat, or lama to bruise, both fr. lami, lama, lame. See Lame.] To beat soundly; to thrash. [Obs. or Low]
--Beau. & Fl.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"flight," as in on the lam, 1897, from a U.S. slang verb meaning "to run off" (1886), of uncertain origin, perhaps somehow from the first element of lambaste, which was used in British student slang for "beat" since 1590s; if so, it would give the word the same etymological sense as the slang expression beat it.


Etymology 1 n. Used in the expression ''on the lam'' to mean that a person is fleeing law enforcement, possibly in hiding. vb. (context transitive English) To beat or thrash. Etymology 2

n. The twenty-third letter of the Arabic alphabet, (l ar ﻝ). It is preceded by (l ar ك) and followed by (l ar م).

  1. n. a rapid escape (as by criminals); "the thieves made a clean getaway"; "after the expose he had to take it on the lam" [syn: getaway]

  2. [also: lamming, lammed]

  1. v. flee; take to one's heels; cut and run; "If you see this man, run!"; "The burglars escaped before the police showed up" [syn: run, scarper, turn tail, run away, hightail it, bunk, head for the hills, take to the woods, escape, fly the coop, break away]

  2. give a thrashing to; beat hard [syn: thrash, thresh, flail]

  3. [also: lamming, lammed]


Lâm is a Vietnamese surname. The name is transliterated as Lin in Chinese and Im in Korean.

Lam is the anglicized variation of the surname Lâm.

Usage examples of "lam".

The major led Murdock, Lam, Senior Chief Dobler, and Ed DeWitt to a guarded door.

Murdock had DeWitt, Jaybird, Master Chief Dobler, and Lam sat around a table.

He would be in front, Lam right behind him, then Holt, Bradford, Ching, and Dobler as Tail-end Charlie.

He, Lam, and Dobler stepped into the gig and it powered back to the ship.

Long Tom, the electrical wizard, had remained back at headquarters to watch the prisoners and leep an eye on Lam and Burke Benbow.

Bill he said he wood leeve his door open jest a little and old printer Smith he said he wood leeve his open jest a little two so he cood gump out and lam time out of the feller whitch rung his bell.

No mention of Napper, the actual bomb planter, who, though really dead, was supposed to be on the lam.

So purty soon he pitched right into the cliff-wall and he lammed it so hard with his hind hoofs that a whole section of overhanging rock was jolted loose and hit him right between the ears.

Hirum Mingo said Plupy says he can lick you Ti and Ti said i can nock hel out of you old spindel legs and i said i dident say so and Ti he swoar sum more so it sort of scart me, well then i was going and Hirum he pushed Ti rite into me and he kicked me in the leg and got hold of my hair and i got the under hold and got him down jest as esy as ennything and then i set on him and lammed him til he holered enuf and then i let him up and he went home balling.

Johnny Kelly was there and he said now old Plupy longlegs i will fix you and i said pile rite in and we will see and he began to swear wirse then Ti did, and i said if you want a good paist in the gob they is plenty of them rite here if you are man enuf to sale in, and when i said that he come at me so quick that i dident have time to get ready and he hit me in the eye and in the mouth 2 times and got the underhold before i cood and got me down and lammed me till i hollered enuf.

On the lower Tigris near Al Amarah, a new tribal confederation, the Bani Lam, took root.

Drummond studied the Lam and, thinking about Captain Beaumont, and what the change of control might bring.

DeWitt, Juan, Domingo, Lam, and Kalibo lay on the crest of the ridge and stared down at the fires burning three hundred yards down the hill in a small valley.

Brer Fox, he lammed away at that hollow tree, he did, like a man mauling rails, until by me by, after he done got the tree almost cut through, he stop for to catch his breath, and he saw Mr.

He also lifts up his hands as he prays, to point out that his prayer is directed to God for the people, according to Lam.