decamp

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decamp (third-person singular simple present decamps, present participle decamping, simple past and past participle decamped)

  1. (intransitive) To break up camp and move on.
  2. (intransitive) To disappear suddenly and secretly.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses, Episode 16
      Though unusual in the Dublin area he knew that it was not by any means unknown for desperadoes who had next to nothing to live on to be abroad waylaying and generally terrorising peaceable pedestrians by placing a pistol at their head in some secluded spot outside the city proper, famished loiterers of the Thames embankment category they might be hanging about there or simply marauders ready to decamp with whatever boodle they could in one fell swoop at a moment's notice, your money or your life, leaving you there to point a moral, gagged and garrotted.

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