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decamp


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Decamp  \De*camp"\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Decamped}  (?;  215);  p. 
  pr  &  vb  n.  {Decamping}.]  [F.  d['e]camper;  pref.  d['e]-  (L. 
  dis)  +  camp  camp.  See  {Camp}.] 
  1.  To  break  up  a  camp;  to  move  away  from  a  camping  ground, 
  usually  by  night  or  secretly.  --Macaulay. 
 
  2.  Hence  to  depart  suddenly;  to  run  away  --  generally  used 
  disparagingly. 
 
  The  fathers  were  ordered  to  decamp,  and  the  house 
  was  once  again  converted  into  a  tavern.  --Goldsmith. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  decamp 
  v  1:  leave  a  camp;  "The  hikers  decamped  before  dawn"  [syn:  {break 
  camp}] 
  2:  run  away  usually  includes  taking  something  or  somebody 
  along  [syn:  {abscond},  {bolt},  {absquatulate},  {run  off}, 
  {go  off}] 
  3:  leave  (very  informal  usage);  "skip  town"  [syn:  {skip},  {vamoose}] 




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