verb[no object] British informal
- When the baby did arrive, the father scarpered for good.
- By grief he does not mean what grief father caused him by scarpering, but the grief Davis might cause turning up.
- When he warned her that he had called the police she soon scarpered.
Mid 19th century: probably from Italian scappare 'to escape', influenced by rhyming slang Scapa Flow 'go'.
This is probably from Italian scappare ‘to escape’, influenced by the rhyming slang Scapa Flow ‘go’.
Words that rhyme with scarpercarper, harper, sharper
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