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slang Get out of here; go away; get lost. Listen, I don't want to buy any, so why don't you just bug off and leave me alone!
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1. Sl. to cease bothering [someone]. Hey, bug off! Your comments are annoying. I wish you would bug off!
2. Sl. Get out!; Go away! (Usually Bug off!) Bug off! Get out of my sight! Bug off and leave me alone!
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Also, bugger off. Go away, as in Bug off before I call the police. Both terms are often used as an imperative, as in the example, and the variant is heard more in Britain than in America. [Slang; c. 1900] For a synonym, see buzz off.
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bug ˈoff!(American English, spoken) a rude way of telling somebody to go away
See also: bug
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To go away. Used chiefly as a command: Bug off! I'm trying to get some work done.
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exclam. Get out!; Go away! Bug off! Get out of here!
See also: bug
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
Leave, get out of here. The American usage is mainly the first, the British the second. Both are slang and rude, especially given another meaning of “bugger” (sodomize), and both have been in use since at least 1900. James Joyce wrote, “Here, bugger off, Harry. There’s the cops” (Ulysses, 1922).
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