to flee; abscond:
The old prospector absquatulated with our picks and shovel.
To “vamose the ranch” means to clear out, to depart, to cut stick, to absquatulate.
Across America James F. Rusling
Then when some one laughed she added, “You say ‘absquatulate’ over here, don’t you?”
In the High Valley Susan Coolidge
Prudence warned them to absquatulate, and they determined to cut their lucky, before the inevitable dénouement.
Camp Fire Yarns of the Lost Legion G. Hamilton-Browne
In the 40’s to absquatulate was in good usage, but it has since disappeared.
The American Language Henry L. Mencken
absquatulate was a big word, but she understood it, having come across it one day in the Dictionary.
The Poor Little Rich Girl Eleanor Gates
The hybrid but expressive Americanism absquatulate, means to clear off; the reverse of to squat.
The Sailor’s Word-Book William Henry Smyth
(intransitive) to leave; decamp
1837, “Facetious U.S. coinage” [Weekley], perhaps rooted in mock-Latin negation of squat “to settle.” Said to have been used by the U.S. Western character “Nimrod Wildfire” in the play “The Kentuckian,” as re-written by British author William B. Bernard and staged in London in 1833. Related: Absquatulated; absquatulating.
to flee; abscond: The old prospector absquatulated with our picks and shovel. verb (intransitive) to leave; decamp noun the action of going away suddenly and squatting somewhere; making off, decamping Examples If the actress does not make an appearance soon, her fans will imagine a total absquatulation. Word Origin an Americanism simulating a Latin formulation […]
to hold oneself back voluntarily, especially from something regarded as improper or unhealthy (usually followed by from): to abstain from eating meat. to refrain from casting one’s vote: a referendum in which two delegates abstained. Contemporary Examples She and her husband had agreed to abstain from sex with each other until they were married. Is […]
to hold oneself back voluntarily, especially from something regarded as improper or unhealthy (usually followed by from): to abstain from eating meat. to refrain from casting one’s vote: a referendum in which two delegates abstained. Contemporary Examples The Russians, who abstained rather than using their veto, were horrified to see how quickly R2P morphed into […]
a person who from something regarded as improper or unhealthy, especially the drinking of alcoholic beverages. a person who from anything. Historical Examples The dipsomaniac and the abstainer are not only both mistaken, but they both make the same mistake. A Chesterton Calendar G. K. Chesterton You have always, then, been an abstainer since you […]