To take people self off to decamp
- try to escape; typically includes using anything or a person along
- To take a person's self off; to decamp.
1837, "Facetious U.S. coinage" [Weekley], maybe based on a mock-Latin negation of squat "to stay." Believed to being utilized by the U.S. west personality "Nimrod Wildfire" into the play "The Kentuckian," as re-written by British author William B. Bernard and staged in London in 1833. Relevant: Absquatulated; absquatulating.
(v. i.) To take a person's self off; to decamp.