Read the dictionary definition of lam. All definitions for this word.
1. a rapid escape (as by criminals)
1. the thieves made a clean getaway
2. after the expose he had to take it on the lam
2. give a thrashing to; beat hard
3. flee; take to one's heels; cut and run
1. If you see this man, run!
2. The burglars escaped before the police showed up