One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Tired out; exhausted.‘unless you're totally bushed, it's best to press on’
exhausted, tired, tired out, worn out, weary, fatigued, spent, drained, enfeebled, enervated, run downView synonyms
- ‘Given my usual sedentary existence, I'm rather bushed, so this is another terse entry.’
- ‘Eight hours on, we touch down smoothly at Gatwick, having been to France and back and, although it's only 2pm, I'm bushed.’
- ‘We finally got her to sleep about 7.00 am so we were all fairly bushed.’
- ‘He looks genuinely bushed, and that's a great shame, because he's played some fantastic tennis here.’
- ‘Ok - the first day of training is finished and I am bushed - as usual.’
- ‘I was feeling a little bushed (after the second set) but I got off to a good start in the third and kept going.’
- ‘We've been over to see Dad today before doing a bit of shopping, so now we're chilling, totally bushed and ready for a drink!’
- ‘All in all, Steven Wright sounds like he's downright bushed.’
- ‘With wake-up for tomorrow's bullet train to Hiroshima set for 5: 30, everyone was bushed.’
- ‘Considering all this, I must say, I didn't feel mentally bushed.’
2Australian NZ Lost in the bush.
- ‘Bushmanship was the talent, akin to that of Aborigines, for finding one's way through the bush, relying only on natural signs; to be bushed was to lose one's way, perhaps figuratively as well as geographically.’
- ‘Soon, with a sudden icy feeling of dismay, he knew one thing: he was lost bushed with no idea of where he stood or where he was going.’
- ‘And yes, I'm lost, I'm fairly bushed.’
- ‘If you get yourself "bushed" (lost) on one of these legs, you also need to be able to navigate on a "back bearing" using the compass to backtrack your way out.’
- ‘I have a reasonable good understanding of maps and have never been truly lost, although I have been "bushed" a few times.’
- 2.1 Flummoxed or bewildered.
baffled, mystified, bemused, perplexed, puzzled, confused, nonplussed, at sea, at a loss, thrown off balance, disorientated, taken abackView synonyms
- ‘This has me bushed, so if anyone can tell me if this unit actually can do this I would be very grateful.’
- ‘Now for Mr John Campbell, I think he has been a little bit bushed in his remarks about the murder of a young man named Kelly.’
3Canadian Psychologically disturbed on account of isolation.‘unused to solitude, he went bushed’
insane, mentally ill, certifiable, deranged, demented, of unsound mind, out of one's mind, not in one's right mind, sick in the head, not together, crazy, crazed, lunatic, non compos mentis, unbalanced, unhinged, unstable, disturbed, distracted, stark mad, manic, frenzied, raving, distraught, frantic, hysterical, delirious, psychotic, psychopathic, mad as a hatter, mad as a march hare, away with the fairies, foaming at the mouthView synonyms
- ‘Much of the film takes place within the confines of a cabin during the winter, and the faces on the characters by the time spring rolls around add a new dimension to the idea of being ‘bushed’.’
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