Was watching a film with Nick Nolte in it last night for my sins, and at one point the expression ‘on the lam’ was used.
In my dictionary, it says the verb ‘lam’ is a Scotticism, derived from a Norse word meaning ‘to hit, thrash’ (16th C).
There is a separate listing for the noun ‘lam’, as used in the title of this thread. Only a date is given there (1897).
Does anyone have more details on the noun as used in ‘on the lam’?
I know the expression means ‘on the run’ but no idea if it is the same word.