Definition of skiddoo in US English:


(also skidoo)


[no object]North American
dated, informal
  • Leave somewhere quickly.

    • ‘Perhaps it will give some of those billionaires their cues to skiddoo instead of whining about their inability to compete.’
    • ‘The end of the half-inning was the cue for my guests to skidoo.’
    • ‘Major shops could skiddoo out of York if the Son of Coppergate scheme isn't given the go-ahead.’
    • ‘I sighed, wishing I could skidoo, but it was far too late, far too cold, and I was far too tired.’
    • ‘Will he have enough money left to buy whatever it is that Blue wants, or will the pooch skidoo back to Steve's house empty-pawed?’
    withdraw, retire, draw back, pull back, pull out, fall back, give way, give ground, recoil, flee, take flight, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat, run away, run off, make a run for it, run for it, make off, take off, take to one's heels, make a break for it, bolt, make a quick exit, clear out, make one's getaway, escape, head for the hills
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  • twenty-three skiddoo

    • dated, informal A hasty departure.

      • ‘You could find yourself strutting in a mid-tempo Charleston or a taking a stab at the 23 skidoo.’
      • ‘To be sure, not everything about EL Magazine smacks of 23 skiddoo and hey-nonny-nonny with a hot-cha-cha.’
      • ‘‘Cops would give guys the old move-along,’ I said, ‘and since the Flatiron's on 23rd, it was known as the 23 - skidoo.’’


Early 20th century: perhaps from skedaddle. The term is said to have been used originally in reference to male onlookers chased by police from the Flatiron Building, 23rd Street, New York, where the skirts of female passers-by were raised by winds intensified by the building's design.