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bung in

To force something into a place or thing. A noun or pronoun can be used between "bung" and "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 or pronoun 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.
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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.

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.
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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.
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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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017


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.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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I'm a great believer in the bung. In the journalism business, a bung can be the difference between an average front page - or video evidence of someone singing The Sash who shouldn't have been.
"However, if there were bungs being offered managers should take them and put them back into the club.
Speaking after the "bung" investigation led by BBC's undercover Panorama team, the associate professor at Warwick Business School urged the FA and Premier League chiefs to regulate the sport.
And Newell said he was also offered a bung if he signed former Cardiff City midfielder Richard Langley from Queens Park Rangers, even though the player was not represented by Collymore.
* Wood bungs, if used, should be hammered tightly into the bung holes, preferably using soft cotton "gaskets" to insure a good seal.
The inquiry was launched when the issue of 'bungs' had come into the public eye again through the claims of Luton manager Mike Newell and former England head coach Sven-GUran Eriksson, who told an undercover reporter certain Premiership managers were known to take illegal payments.
But as we have seen, we not only take bungs in sport we take them in every walk of life.
I do not doubt bungs are offered and accepted in the game.
In the BBC Panorama programme Football's Dirty Secrets, Mr Harrison was filmed suggesting it requires a close relationship with club officials if covert money is to change hands and was recorded talking about bungs to managers.
The Luton boss claimed in January of this year that he had twice been offered a bung, prompting the Premier League to ask former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Stevens to investigate transfer deals in the two years from January 2004.
ENGLAND coach Sven Goran Eriksson's job was on the line last night after he claimed top club bosses were taking bungs.
LUTON boss Mike Newell is optimistic the FA will take action to rid the game of its alleged culture of transfer bungs.
They took their ball home after the original Panorama bung expose - which exposed nothing and showed precisely zero bungs - and have refused to speak to the BBC since.
Jan 11: Luton manager Mike Newell brings the issue of bungs to the fore by criticising agents and claiming that offers of illegal payments are not uncommon.
Oyston has been chairman of the League One side since 1999 and he believes the issue of bungs is still a major problem in football, including the Premiership.