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They booked.

Posted by Bruce Kahl on July 27, 2001

In Reply to: They booked. posted by dorothy on July 27, 2001

: : : I know what it means ( they left quickly with out notice, generally criminals)but where has this originated?

: : Just a guess:
: : The mode of transport has been dropped from the sentence.
: : "They booked.. (a flight for Yemen)."
: Maybe, but I generally understand it to mean on foot

Yes, I agree, on foot.
I guess over time the usage has expanded to include walking away or running. But generally it means to "move away from quickly" either by foot or mechanical means.
This is a guess as I have no sources at all to confirm or deny my theory on "book".