verb (scrams, scramming, scrammed)
- 1 [no object, usually in imperative] Leave or go away from a place quickly: get out of here, you miserable wretches—scram!More example sentences
- He climbed up the steps three at a time, gave a hasty good-bye to my dear relatives, told me he'd meet me at the hotel, and quickly scrammed.
- I had to spend seven rupees on you - give my money back and get the hell out of my house - scram!
- He plans the crime, he breaks in, bypasses security and scrams with the paintings… only to have his van run out of petrol.
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- The emergency shutdown of a nuclear reactor: the power plant was cited for its high rate of scrams over the past yearMore example sentences
- Both the number of safety-system activations and scrams are about one tenth of what they were in 1985.
early 20th century: probably from the verb scramble.