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- (idiomatic, archaic, chiefly US) [c. 1908-1923] To leave, particularly quickly or at an advantageous time.
1908, George Washington University student publication, The Cherry tree: published by the students at George Washington university, page 348:
- ... the 'varsity quarter, who at the close of each meeting discards the conventional "I move we adjourn, sir,'" for the more modern "23, skidoo."
1928, Henry Robinson Luce, Time, volume 11:
- I can imagine nothing more shocking than to hear some one use a slang expression current ten years ago, such as "23 skidoo" or "you're off your base".
- (idiomatic, archaic, chiefly US) [c. 1908-1923] To be forced to leave quickly.