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Definition of scarper verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

scarper

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈskɑːpə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɑːrpər//
 
[intransitive] (British English, informal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they scarper
BrE BrE//ˈskɑːpə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɑːrpər//
 
he / she / it scarpers
BrE BrE//ˈskɑːpəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɑːrpərz//
 
past simple scarpered
BrE BrE//ˈskɑːpəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɑːrpərd//
 
past participle scarpered
BrE BrE//ˈskɑːpəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɑːrpərd//
 
-ing form scarpering
BrE BrE//ˈskɑːpərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈskɑːrpərɪŋ//
 
 
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to run away; to leave The police arrived, so we scarpered. Word Origin mid 19th cent.: probably from Italian scappare ‘to escape’, influenced by rhyming slang Scapa Flow ‘go’.