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"'Course, Grindelwald scarpered. He had a bit of a track record already, in his own country"
- Aberforth (DH28)

Definition

To run away.

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Etymology

This may be an example of rhyming slang in which the rhyming word is no longer used (scarper = "Scapa (Flow)"), although it is also attributed to the Italian word scappare, "escape, get away" (NSOED)

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Tags: British