Definition of bug out in US English:

bug out

phrasal verb

  • 1Leave quickly.

    ‘if you see enemy troops, bug out’
    • ‘Clearly, there's a whole lot going on inside the museum, but perhaps it's best that some doors stay closed: watching some of the action might just cause people to bug out.’
    • ‘But bugging out before next year's election could leave the administration facing even tougher decisions a little further down the road.’
    • ‘Once there, he claimed purple hearts for every scratch, and bugged out as quickly as humanly possible.’
    • ‘He bugged out for an entire year of his duty - desertion in wartime, a capital offense, if you're not rich and well-connected.’
    • ‘It was only motherly intervention that convinced her to bug out.’
    • ‘But I simply do not see any option whatever for bugging out, hiving off and starting something else.’
    abscond, make off, run off, run away, flee, bolt, take off, take flight, disappear, vanish, slip away, steal away, sneak away, beat a hasty retreat, escape, make a run for it, make one's getaway, leave, depart, make oneself scarce
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  • 2North American informal Bulge outward.

    ‘he did a double take and his eyes bugged out’
    • ‘I have printed it out so I can read it without my eyes bugging out.’
    • ‘He came out, his eyes bugging out of his head, let out of the truck.’
    • ‘His face was red, his eyes bugging out, his entire being seemingly contorted in fury.’
    • ‘There's just a feeling about those shots, with her eyes sort of bugging out, that you look at that and say: ‘Is she going to run or do something?’’
    • ‘Nath sucked down some flaming blue cocktail and his eyes bugged out.’
    • ‘Sam knew her eyes bugged out when she heard this so she tried her best to school her features before turning to look at Jake.’
    • ‘As my pager rarely goes off when I'm not at work, I was a little slow in recognizing the sound and digging the dreaded noise box out of my bag, but when I did, my eyes bugged out.’
    • ‘Kenny's smile fell off his face and he stopped dead in his tracks and his eyes bugged out in surprise.’
    • ‘When I woke up this morning I looked at myself in the mirror and saw my hair all wiry and frazzled up, my skin was all wrinkled and pasty, and my eyes were bloodshot and bugging out.’
    • ‘With her jaw dropped and eyes bugging out, it wasn't her most attractive moment.’
    • ‘I am also presently shopping around at the Buy and Sell webpage for a phone, and my eyes are bugging out at the prices.’
    • ‘I thought your eyes were going to bug out of your head!’
    • ‘My eyes nearly bugged out of my head when I saw Jessica sitting where I had been.’
    • ‘We are also talking with a man whose eyes bug out when he talks and a couple of other nondescript people at our table, and the rest of the group are at the table opposite, a bunch of 40 something men talking animatedly over their pints.’
    • ‘I can't help my eyes from bugging out at the shock of hearing that sentence.’
    • ‘‘How pleasant,’ I finally said, hoping that he couldn't see my eyes bugging out as I masqueraded dropping something on the ground, and reaching down to retrieve it.’
    • ‘Elizabeth's eyes nearly bugged out when she saw it.’
    • ‘All the flashing lights still made my eyes bug out of their sockets and the bright letters talking about an actress or famous actor in a play still made me wish I were on Broadway.’
    • ‘My eyes pretty much bugged out when I saw the claim that square A is the same shade of grey as square B.’