The fling of a horse or ordinary kicking right back of their heels a gambol
- any carefree episode
- a wild and exciting task (not always lawful)
- The fling of a horse, or ordinary kicking right back of his pumps; a gambol.
- Act in which one breaks loose from the guidelines of propriety or sense; a nut; a prank.
1650s, "an escape from confinement," from French escapade (16c.) "a prank or technique," from Spanish escapada "a prank, flight, an escape," noun usage of fem. past participle of escapar "to escape," from Vulgar Latin *excappare (see escape (v.)). Or perhaps the French word is via Italian scappata, from scappare, from same Vulgar Latin supply. Figurative sense (1814) implies a "breaking loose" from rules or restraints on behavior.
(n.) The fling of a horse, or ordinary kicking right back of their pumps; a gambol.
- (letter.) Act wherein one breaks free from the rules of propriety or common sense; a freak; a prank.
Besides his attack on the Metelli and other members of the aristocracy, the great Scipio is the object of a censorious criticism on account of a youthful escapade attributed to him.