Definition of bug out in English:

bug out

phrasal verb

informal
  • 1Leave quickly.

    ‘if you see enemy troops, bug out’
    • ‘But bugging out before next year's election could leave the administration facing even tougher decisions a little further down the road.’
    • ‘He bugged out for an entire year of his duty - desertion in wartime, a capital offense, if you're not rich and well-connected.’
    • ‘But I simply do not see any option whatever for bugging out, hiving off and starting something else.’
    • ‘Once there, he claimed purple hearts for every scratch, and bugged out as quickly as humanly possible.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was only motherly intervention that convinced her to bug out.’
    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 Bulge outward.

    ‘he did a double take and his eyes bugged out’