on the lam

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From Old Norse lemja.

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on the lam (not comparable)

  1. Running away, usually from the police; on the run.
    • 2012, The Economist, September 15th, Vietnam: A Tiger at Bay
      There have been more bank runs, executives on the lam, arrests and credit panics than the country has seen in years.

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