escamoter

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Etymology[edit]

Probably from an old form of Occitan escamotar, from escamar, from Latin squāma (scale [of a fish]). Compare Italian squamare (to scale). Alternatively from Spanish escamotar, from Latin excommutare.

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escamoter

  1. (transitive) to conjure away, to make disappear
  2. (by extension, transitive) to snatch, to nick
    Synonym: piquer
    • 1750, Louis-Charles Fougeret de Monbron, Le Cosmopolite, ou Le Citoyen du monde, London, published 1760, page 54:
      Ce petit accident, joint à la perte d’environ quarante sequins que m’avoit escamoté cet aimable compagnon de débauche, rompit tout-à-coup la douce harmonie de nos cœurs ; & notre désunion fut aussi prompte, que notre liaison l’avoit été.
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  3. (transitive) to evade, dodge; to skip (a word, question, etc.)
    Synonym: esquiver
  4. (transitive) to retract (landing gear)

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