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    Smile jam it

    We both looked to our right and saw the gangsters rounding the far corner, headed our way. We had to keep running. Spader and I jammed it down the corridor. Our hope was to find a stairwell, or at least another corridor.
    What is "jammed it" means here? Thanks in advance!

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    Re: jam it

    Quote Originally Posted by yuriya View Post
    What is does "jammed it" means mean here? Thanks in advance!
    I've never heard this before, nor can I find it listed as a slang/informal verb, but from the context I would say that "to jam it" means "to run very fast".

    Note - as marked above, we don't say "What is ... means?" You can say:

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    Re: jam it

    hi,
    Please note I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker.

    Spader and I jammed it down the corridor
    Did they carry anything ?


    Cheers,

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    Smile Re: jam it

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaskin View Post
    hi,
    Please note I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker.



    Did they carry anything ?


    Cheers,
    NO. I guess the author used it to mean "beat it" here.

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    Re: jam it

    We have a couple of phrases in BrE with the same format, which also mean to run very fast:

    Leg it
    Peg it

    I legged it across the road.
    I pegged it down the corridor.

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    Re: jam it

    How did Bob Marley like his doughnuts?
    Wi jammin'

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    Unhappy Re: jam it

    Quote Originally Posted by bertietheblue View Post
    How did Bob Marley like his doughnuts?
    Wi jammin'
    Sorry, I don't get your humor.

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    Re: jam it

    As a non-native speaker I am still building my vocabulary, from several instances of English usage (including this very thread).

    Previous to this thread, whenever I heard the expression "jam it" the song "Reggae Night" immediately came to my mind. As you can check by the lyrics in Internet, Jimmy Cliff uses such expression throughout that song. I guess it comes from associating Jamaica with Reggae (kind of "Jamaica it"). But I am not sure, I would like others to comment on it.

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    Re: jam it

    Quote Originally Posted by Offroad View Post
    "jammed" may have different meanings from 'to rush':

    Urban Dictionary: jammed
    Maybe somehow the third entry ("under the influence of drugs") may be related to Jamaica?

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