decamp

verb /diːˈkæmp/
a) To break up camp and move on.

Though unusual in the Dublin area he knew that it was not by any means unknown for desperadoes who had next to nothing to live on to be abroad waylaying and generally terrorising peaceable pedestrians by placing a pistol at their head in some secluded spot outside the city proper, famished loiterers of the Thames embankment category they might be hanging about there or simply marauders ready to decamp with whatever boodle they could in one fell swoop at a moments notice, your money or your life, leaving you there to point a moral, gagged and garrotted.


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  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • decamp — index abandon (physically leave), abduct, abscond, depart, disappear, escape, evacuate, flee, leave ( …   Law dictionary

  • Decamp — Désigne celui qui est originaire d un lieu dit (le) Camp (= le champ). Il est fréquent dans le Nord Pas de Calais et dans l Oise. Variantes : Decampe, Decamps …   Noms de famille

  • decamp — 1670s, from Fr. décamper (17c.), earlier descamper, from des (see DIS (Cf. dis )) + camper (see CAMP (Cf. camp) (1)). Non military use is from 1751. Related: Decamped; decamping …   Etymology dictionary

  • decamp — *escape, flee, fly, abscond Analogous words: depart, quit, leave, *go: elude, evade, *escape, shun, avoid …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • decamp — [v] depart suddenly beat it, bolt, break camp, clear out, depart, disappear, escape, evacuate, flee, head for the hills*, hightail*, hit the road*, make a break for it, make oneself scarce*, make tracks*, run away, scram, skedaddle*, slip away,… …   New thesaurus

  • decamp — ► VERB ▪ depart suddenly or secretly …   English terms dictionary

  • decamp — [dē kamp′, dikamp′] vi. [Fr décamper, to break camp: see DE & CAMP] 1. to break or leave camp 2. to go away suddenly and secretly; run away decampment n …   English World dictionary

  • DeCamp — Joseph Rodefer DeCamp Joseph Rodefer DeCamp (auch De Camp; * 5. November 1858 in Cincinnati; † 11. Februar 1923 in Boca Grande, Florida) war ein US amerikaner Maler des Tonalismus und Impressionismus. DeCamp studierte gemeinsam mit Frank Duveneck …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • decamp — [[t]dɪkæ̱mp[/t]] decamps, decamping, decamped VERB If you decamp, you go away from somewhere secretly or suddenly. Bugsy decided to decamp to Hollywood from New York …   English dictionary

  • decamp — UK [dɪˈkæmp] / US verb [intransitive] Word forms decamp : present tense I/you/we/they decamp he/she/it decamps present participle decamping past tense decamped past participle decamped 1) to leave a place in order to live or work somewhere else… …   English dictionary

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