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on the buroo

In receipt of social welfare or unemployment benefits. ("Buroo" is colloquial slang for "bureau," a term for the Labour Exchange, the source for welfare payments.) Primarily heard in Scotland. After being on the buroo for several months, I'm looking forward to getting back to work.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY 'That was a load of poo in Peru and if it stays like this they'll soon be on the buroo. It's not a cap these players should get, it's a mask'
Tallinn: Pohjamaade Ministrite Noukogu Infoburoo, Sotsiaalministeeriumi Vordoiguslikkuse Buroo, Eesti Avatud Uhiskonna Instituut.
This is fine if Daddy owns, say, a substantial chain of pubs, but not if he's on the buroo.
Meanwhile, decisions can cost teams titles, promotions, Euro places or relegation - ultimately sending managers to the buroo.
Kuna kinnipeetavate too oli ebaefektiivne ja tehase ehitus kuulutati uleliiduliseks komsomoli lookehituseks, lopetati ENSV Ministrite Noukogu ning EKP Keskkomitee Buroo 1.
I've had manual labour jobs, I was a handyman in a railway station depot and I've been on the buroo about 5000 times.
There were tens of thousands on the buroo and little resentment of those who made a few bob on the side to help their struggling families.
Sadly, staff went from selling burritos - they highly recommend that chicken and haggis combo - to signing on the buroo when the ceiling collapsed at their old premises on Lothian Road in Edinburgh.
Do folk who diddle the buroo or the taxman get to say: "Whoops.
"I suppose reality might come a bit closer when I sign on at the Buroo on Monday.
This is a lad who was on the buroo in Dublin just three years ago and now he's a global superstar.