1. (US) to move around quickly, to run, to escape.
|in Virginia Folk-Speech (1912) 169: Fan [...] To stir about briskly.|
|Pardners v (1912) 120: He saw I was drunk, and fanned out, me shootin’ at him with every jump [DA].|
|Hooch! 215: He says she got her dough from him an’ fanned the town as soon as Dopey passed out.|
|Runyon on Broadway (1954) 652: You fan yourself into the kitchen and wash the dishes.‘Baseball Hattie’ in|
|Airtight Willie and Me 70: I fanned out the door.|
2. (US) to flaunt oneself deliberately to gain sexual interest.
|Toothsome Tales Told in Sl. 65: Maxine fanned the blissful bloke along in good style.|
|Guild Dict. Homosexual Terms 15: FAN (v.): To stroll about with the purpose of being noticed.|
|Queens’ Vernacular 79: fan 1. to wiggle the posterior in order to be noticed [...] 2. (rare) to parade about flagrantly to be noticed and possibly admired.|
3. (US Und.) to board a vehicle.
|Salt Lake Herald (UT) 19 Oct. 5/1: JImmy ditches the leather and fans a short.|
4. (US campus) to play truant, to miss a class.
|Sl. U. 77: Let’s fan chemistry. I’d rather hit the beach.|
see fan-foot v.