verb (lams, lamming, lammed)[with object] • informal
- Hit hard; strike: I’ll lam you in the mouth in a minute [no object]: they surged along, lamming into anyone in their pathMore example sentences
- Will Afghanistan - or what remains of it after decades of mayhem, following the Soviet attack that lammed into that country from 1979-have been pounded?
- A Thompson lubed wad is seated over the powder, and then a Speer.457’ round ball is lammed home.
late 16th century: perhaps of Scandinavian origin and related to Norwegian and Danish lamme 'paralyse'.
North American • informal
noun(in phrase on the lam)
- In flight, especially from the police: he went on the lam and is living under a false nameMore example sentences
- She, however, has lent it to a thief on the lam from the police.
- When the police come looking for him, he must go on the lam and try to piece together the last two years of his life using only the strange trinkets as clues.
- Taylor and Thomas also tell the story of a convict on the lam in Maine who hid from police in snowy woods.
verb (lams, lamming, lammed)[no object] Back to top
- Escape; flee.More example sentences
- Jet Li plays the part of Han Sing, doing durance vile in the Hong Kong lockup, taking the fall for his dad, Ch'u Sing (Henry O) who lammed out of Honkers for San Francisco, the Chinese fuzz hot on his larcenous heels.
- I lammed, ran faster than I'd run since being made cabin boy for Kapitan Sergei, with the store owner close behind.
- To avoid being killed by Archie's men, they lam it with Shorty who takes them to where he's been living in Boston.
late 19th century: from lam1.