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play silly buggers

To act in a foolish, irritating, or reckless manner. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. It's no wonder that we lost the game, with all of you playing silly buggers out here instead of training like professionals. I wouldn't be surprised if we end up in another war with the way the two countries' leaders have been playing silly buggers recently.
See also: bugger, play, silly

play silly buggers

act in a foolish way.
See also: bugger, play, silly

play ˈsilly buggers (with something)

(British English, informal) behave in a stupid and annoying way: Stop playing silly buggers and answer the question.
See also: bugger, play, silly
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He was still playing silly buggers yesterday, saying the bill could not be approved in its current form without a "safety net".
If Dnipro were playing silly buggers then I'd like to hear Ian Ayre or the owners come out and explain what's gone on.
Clarke was playing silly buggers - he was questioning to justify how much his department would have to put in.
Whether we accept it or not is another matter but I won't be playing silly buggers because I can't be bothered with that stuff.
They were all playing silly buggers, and went off at a crawl.
Angel added: "I don't know what happened to any of the other girls but the guys were just playing silly buggers so far as I am aware.
CYPRUS has been playing silly buggers with the issue of traffic cameras for the best part of the current decade, which is coming to a close.
Richard Fahey, trainer of the everprogressive runner-up Firebet, said it was "a messy race", but Johnston, a great loss to the diplomatic corps when he took out a training licence, fulminated: "It staggers me that you can have some of the top jockeys in the country playing silly buggers early in the race, going at a canter.
This appears to be effectively playing silly buggers and damaging the party.
They're playing silly buggers but these things sometimes happen when you are dealing with foreign clubs.
There was no point sitting there playing silly buggers, but we couldn't get Harchibald off the bridle.
Brian Ashton has delayed a decision on his star fly-half until shortly before kick-off this evening but O'Sullivan (right) blasted: "England are playing silly buggers and I don't know why.
Ferguson hit back: "They're playing silly buggers but these things sometimes happen when you are dealing with foreign clubs.
Tom Brown criticised Sean Connery for saying that the Labour leadership are playing silly buggers with devolution.