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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SKEDADDLE

They skedaddle like lightning if they see so much as Rachel's shadow.

For the formation we may compare American vamose, to skedaddle, from Span.

Everything was in confusion, and all was helter-skelter, skurry, and skedaddle.

The fight lasted about three hours, when the rebs were obliged to skedaddle.

Now skedaddle into your own rooms, but don't you dare to sit down for a moment.

Grandpa had flapped his hands at the children and said, "Skedaddle, young-ones!"

But I would; I'd like no better fun than to rush right in and skedaddle the rebels with the bayonet; that's the way to do it!

In the skedaddle and panic that occurred later in the day, Joe, with many others, was taken prisoner by the Johnnies.

Skedaddle, to; to run away; a word introduced during the civil war.

During the night the enemy made their appearance, the bell was rung and the skedaddle enacted!

WORD ORIGIN

"to run away," 1861, American Civil War military slang, of unknown origin, perhaps connected to earlier use in northern England dialect with a meaning "to spill." Liberman says it "has no connection with any word of Greek, Irish, or Swedish, and it is not a blend" [contra De Vere]. He calls it instead an "enlargement of dial. scaddle 'scare, frighten.'" Related: Skedaddled; skedaddling. As a noun from 1870.

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