Definition of vamoose in English:



[no object]informal
  • Depart hurriedly.

    ‘we'd better vamoose before we're caught’
    • ‘The Baron and his family vamoose by train for an unknown destination.’
    • ‘But hanging around to the bitter end is sending good money after bad; better to cut your losses and vamoose.’
    • ‘The clerk reached for the phone; I hitched my pants and vamoosed.’
    • ‘He then immediately vamoosed and wasn't seen again.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When the lions come a running, the grazers close ranks and vamoose.’
    go away, depart, leave, take off, get out, get out of my sight
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Mid 19th century: from Spanish vamos ‘let us go’.