One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Depart hurriedly.‘we'd better vamoose before we're caught’
go away, depart, leave, take off, get out, get out of my sightView synonyms
- ‘The biggest threat I feel from the people queuing behind me is that they will lynch me if it takes me longer than 20 seconds to get my money and vamoose.’
- ‘He then immediately vamoosed and wasn't seen again.’
- ‘When the lions come a running, the grazers close ranks and vamoose.’
- ‘The Baron and his family vamoose by train for an unknown destination.’
- ‘The clerk reached for the phone; I hitched my pants and vamoosed.’
- ‘But hanging around to the bitter end is sending good money after bad; better to cut your losses and vamoose.’
Mid 19th century: from Spanish vamos ‘let us go’.
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