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spare at the spigot and spill at the bung

To be frugal with trivial matters and reckless with more significant ones. The phrase describes the incongruity of turning off water at the spigot but leaving the bung, or stopper, off the reservoir. A: "Dad never lets us turn the heat up in the winter because it's too expensive, yet he ignores any problem around the house until it becomes a major repair." B: "I know, he always spares at the spigot and spills at the bung." I know you like to spare at the spigot and spill at the bung, but you would save so much money in the long run if you got a new car, instead of repairing all these nagging issues.
See also: and, bung, spare, spill

bung in

To force something into a place or thing. A noun can be used between "bung" and "in" or after "in." Don't just bung in the key—you might break the lock!
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bung up

To injure or damage someone or something. A noun can be used between "bung" and "up." That car accident really bunged my back up. My car is still bunged up from the accident—I really need to take it to the mechanic.
See also: bung, up

bunged up

Injured or damaged. My back is still bunged up from that car accident a few months ago My car is all bunged up from the accident—I really need to take it to the mechanic.
See also: bung, up

go bung

1. To die. Primarily heard in Australia, New Zealand. If people start to go bung, then we've got a real health crisis on our hands.
2. To fall apart or fail, especially financially. Primarily heard in Australia, New Zealand. Our business will go bung if we don't make some big sales this quarter.
See also: bung, go


1. The mouth. I'll punch him right in the bunghole if he doesn't stop spreading such nasty rumors.
2. vulgar slang The anus.

bung something in

to cram or bang something into something. He bunged the cork into the barrel. With a heavy blow, he bunged in the cork.
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bung something up

to damage someone or something by blows. Don't let the watermelon roll around in the trunk of your car. You don't want to bung it up. Last time I put up the storm windows, I really bunged up my hands.
See also: bung, up

bunged up

battered or bruised. It used to be a nice table, but it got all bunged up. What happened to Jane? Her face was bunged up.
See also: bung, up

go bung

1 die. 2 fail or go bankrupt. Australian & New Zealand informal
In this sense bung comes from Yagara, an extinct Aboriginal language.
2 1951 J. Devanny Travel in North Queensland ‘The stations would go bung without the Abos’, one of the missionaries told me.
See also: bung, go


1. n. the mouth. I’ve heard enough out of you! Shut your bunghole!
2. n. the anus. (Usually objectionable.) She tripped and fell down on her bunghole.
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Mirror Sport revealed last week that agent Paul Taylor had wanted a pounds 50,000 bung to push through the 2003 transfer of Gino Padula to QPR.
Put a flat washer, NSN 5310-01-365-8138, over the bung.
I genuinely believe bungs have been used in the past.
The bungs fit into the neck of a bottle and allow a straw to be inserted for drinking making it difficult for drugs to be placed in the drink.
We all get paid enough anyway without having to take a bung, so if it can be proved someone has taken one then I agree they should be kicked out forever ( and that's that.
Oyston claimed he has been offered bribes by agents on a number of occasions, and that the issue of bungs is still a major problem in football, including the Premiership.
Their expose of the bung culture in football may have surprised everyone, but Sky Blue Saturday was not among the everyone surprised by the expose of the bung culture in football by them, with 'them' here meaning the BBC's Panorama programme.
Former Blues striker and current Luton manager Mike Newell is at the centre of a possible FA probe after claiming that the bung culture of illegal payments is stillrife in the game.
LORD STEVENS will today announce the long-awaited findings of his bungs inquiry - but those who expect bombshell revelations from the former Metropolitan Police commissioner are set to be disappointed.
The FA are to investigate the matter, which comes after the controversy surrounding the BBC Panorama investigation into bungs involving managers and agents.
SCOTTISH soccer bosses have launched twin high-level probes into bungs and racism north of the border, writes DAVID LEGGAT.
But while English football is investigated for transfer bungs and Downing Street is probed over bungs for peerages, only one thing is certain.
Today will see the publication of the initial results of Lord Stevens's official inquiry into alleged bungs.
KILMARNOCK boss Jim Jefferies reckons football bosses SHOULD accept bungs - then plough the cash back into the club
The 46-year-old, of Chester-le-Street, County Durham, said: "I've never given bungs.