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  1. A wild, headlong scamper, or running away, of a number of animals; usually caused by fright; hence, any sudden flight or dispersion, as of a crowd or an army in consequence of a panic.
She and her husband would join in the general . -W. Black.
verb (stamped, ing)
  1. (intransitive) To run away in a panic; said of cattle, horses, etc., also of armies.
  2. (transitive) To disperse by causing sudden fright, as a herd or drove of animals.
    Etymology: estampida (in America) a stampede, estampido a crackling, akin to estampar to stamp, of German origin.

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