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absquatulate

PRONUNCIATION:
(ab-SKWOCH-uh-layt)

MEANING:
verb intr.: To leave in a hurry; to flee.

ETYMOLOGY:
A Mock-Latinate formation, from ab- (away) + squat + -ulate (as in congratulate). First cited from the late 1830s.

USAGE:
"If you try to absquatulate again, I'll sic the FBI on you."
Elliott Roosevelt; Murder in the Executive Mansion; St. Martin's Paperbacks; 1996.

See more usage examples of absquatulate in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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