Green’s Dictionary of Slang

vamoose v.

also vam, vamos, vamose, vamose the ranch(e)
[Sp. vamos!, let’s go!]

(orig. US) to go away, to leave; esp. as imper. vamoose!, go away! be off!; thus vamoosed, missing, lost.

[UK]Southern Sketches 141: The Camanches came within a league of us, but vamosed the ranch when they learned that the rangers were here [F&H].
[UK]C. Selby London by Night II i: Vamoose – scarper – fly!
[US]J.G. Baldwin Flush Times of Alabama and Mississippi 174: Squire Moseley vamosed and left Luke to get a judgment.
[Aus]Melbourne Punch 20 Nov. 3/1: Proposals for a New Slang Dictionary [...] ABSQUATULATE.—Originally written Absquostatulate. Verb neuter: To clear, to vamos, to mizzle, to cut one's stick, to hook it, to slide, to bolt to break out, etc.
[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 49/2: Because of this the elite of the London ‘swell mob vamosed the ranche,’ and became patronizers of the since famous Globe Tavern.
H.H. Brownell ‘Honest Abe’ War-lyrics and Poems 112: And must needs, at any rate, / Draw a line in double-quick / Mizzle, vamos, cut his stick, / And absquatulate.
[US]‘Mark Twain’ Screamers (1875) 150: Go to the door-keeper and get your money, and cut your stick – vamose the ranch!
[UK]Newcastle Guardian 20 July 4/1: Yankees are ‘vamoosing’ to another, and, let us hope, a better world.
[US]Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 20 Dec. 2/3: [H]is request for water was peremptorily declined, with an invitation for him to ‘vamoose the ranch’ double-quick time.
[US]Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 8 Oct. 2/3: [headline] forced to vamoose.
Anderson, attempted to obtain glory and a free cab-fare by personating a detective. He drove to giddy places, and then vamosed.
[UK]Bird o’ Freedom 15 Jan. 1/3: The pig-pickler vamoosed.
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) Oct. 1/6: The Cloture is applied — Vamoose!
[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 14 Apr. 3/6: He too vamoosed the ranch (as they say in Paraguay).
[US]A.H. Lewis Wolfville 38: So Miss, me an’ Doc’ll vamos over to the Red Light.
[UK]Leamington Spa Courier 6 Mar. 3/5: After vamoosing from that dememnted maori and those stamp[eded bullcoks [etc.].
[UK]A. Binstead Houndsditch Day by Day 36: Wilson Barret, with his kinky, petroleum shampoo curls, had vamosed.
[UK]Boy’s Own Paper 2 Feb. 275: That coyote’s vamoosed, as sure’s you live.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 31 Jan. 1/1: The silvertail store in the same locality is an excellent place for virgins to vamoose from.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 8 May 2nd sect. 9/1: They Say [...] That as soon as the first two had bawled the ballad, the remainder vamoosed.
[UK]Gem 7 Oct. 14: My niggers vamoosed, engineer and stoker and all.
[NZ]Truth (Wellington) 22 May 7: She had vamoosed.
[US]C.A. Siringo Riata and Spurs 5: After the crick in my back and the lump on my head had ‘vamoosed.’.
[UK]D.L. Sayers Busman’s Honeymoon (1974) 110: Vamoosed. Done a bunk.
[US]S.J. Perelman Westward Ha! 130: Wickwire and I made a desperate attempt to vamoose.
[UK]F. Norman Fings I i: Get the ’ell out of ’ere. The lot of yer. Go on, scram, vamoose, vanish.
[UK]G. Lambert Inside Daisy Clover (1966) 36: ‘What about your father?’ ‘Vamoosed, four years ago.’.
[US](con. 1916) G. Swarthout Tin Lizzie Troop (1978) 34: She’s coming! Vamoose!
[Aus]M. Bail Holden’s Performance (1989) 253: Now vamoose, pronto.
[US](con. early 1950s) J. Ellroy L.A. Confidential 292: Maybe he vamoosed ’cause shooting those heist guys got to him.
[SA]R. Gool Cape Town Coolie 178: Vam, kid. Cut a line quick. [...] They gonna moor you!
[US]C. Hiaasen Nature Girl 275: Take the fuckin’ guitar and vamoose.