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bug out Explained

bug out at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

bug out
v : bulge outward; "His eyes popped" [syn: {protrude}, {pop}, {pop
out}, {bulge}, {bulge out}, {come out}]

bug out at English (WD) Of Explained:



Attested 1950, popularized in the Inter: w » Korean War (1950–53) in such phrases as “bug-out fever” (rout) and “the big bug out” (November/December 1950 retreat) and entered civilian slang by mid 1950s.“The term probably originated in World War II and came into wide use during the Korean War. By the mid-1950s it was also civilian slang.” Fighting Words: From War, Rebellion, and other Combative Capers by Christine Ammer (NTC Publishing Group, Chicago, Ill., 1989, 1999), page 44, quoted in The Phrase Finder, “Re: Bug out”, by ESC on April 23, 2004 Likely originated in Inter: w » World War II, perhaps based on 1930s cartoons featuring bugs fleeing an impending foot or boot.Re: "Luke the gook," "Gook" and "Bug out", KOREAN-WAR-L, by John R. Carpenter, 5 Aug 2002 Ultimately based on the rapid, disorderly flight of bugs when discovered, particularly their scattering if several are discovered at once, such as under a rock or can. Compare Inter: term » chicken out|lang=en.


Inter: en-verb » bugs out|bugging out|bugged out
  • Inter: idiomatic » intransitive To leave (a place) hastily (originally military).
    1. : Its time I bugged out of this town, it ain't safe no more.''
    2. Inter: idiomatic » intransitive to abandon someone without warning.
    3. : Im not gonna bug out on you, I promise.''
    4. Inter: idiomatic » intransitive miss school, play truant, play hooky.
    5. : I go to Stockton High, but normally I bug out.
    6. Inter: idiomatic » transitive|of one's eyes To cause to bulge
    7. : Category: w - :Kim Goodman|Kim Goodman holds the world record for bugging out her eyes.
    8. Inter: idiomatic » computing To crash or glitch
    9. : My PC keeps bugging out, for no reason it will reboot after a few hours.


      Inter: en-nou » n

  • Inter: militar » y A rapid retreat, a rout.


    * retreat


  • Category: Category:English phrasal verbs -
    Category: Category:English phrasal verbs with particle (out) -
    Translation: et » bug out