chaptzem

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Yiddish. From a combination of two words chaptz ("catch" or "get"), and ehm ("him").

Interjection[edit]

chaptzem

  1. Help! Catch him/her/them!

Usage notes[edit]

In Jewish neighborhoods when crime was rampant, a Jew that was being accosted by someone would yell chaptzem to alert other people to come to his aid and save him from being mugged, beaten or worse.

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