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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Friday 30th July 2021
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skedaddle (verb) sku-DAD-ul

Run off hurriedly; a hasty flight.

One of the reasons the Government has given is that the penalties become so overwhelming that people just cannot see a way out of the situation, so they skedaddle to Australia.

Anne Tolley, New Zealand Hansard, 12 September 2006. New Zealand Hansard

I realised Dad was right about a lot of other things too - as was Mom - and when I sat down to write about my life, I found that amid the tales of stolen grocery money and doing the skedaddle in the middle of the night to outrun the bill collectors were stories of optimism, perseverance and familial love that I had all but forgotten.

Jeannette Walls, The Observer, 3 April 2005. The Observer

Oh, and that other sound you hear over the dalek-screech of your modem; that's the sound of a thousand record company execs crying out in anguish, as millions of dollars' potential revenue skedaddle out of the door.

Dave Green, The Guardian, 22 June 1999. Guardian

Mr. Koppes of Calpers and others believe that the only ones who should be unhappy about the shift are the classic deadbeat directors, the kind of people whom Ross Perot often ridiculed for being all too willing to fly in on the corporate jet for the monthly meetings, feast on a dinner of Dover sole, collect a fee, and skedaddle home without accomplishing much.

Alison Leigh Cowan, The New York Times, 28 October 1992. New York Times

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