on the buroo

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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He said: "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 Scotland players should be given, it's a mask."
If it continues it continues but if not I'll be on the buroo again.
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.
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So I reckon I'll get some practice for when I'm on the buroo and being a pundit by giving my views on this week's big European match, Juventus versus Manchester United.
All that our kids are interested in is going on the buroo and retiring at16.