Definition of bug out in US English:

bug out

phrasal verb

  • 1Leave quickly.

    ‘if you see enemy troops, bug out’
    • ‘It was only motherly intervention that convinced her to bug out.’
    • ‘Once there, he claimed purple hearts for every scratch, and bugged out as quickly as humanly possible.’
    • ‘But I simply do not see any option whatever for bugging out, hiving off and starting something else.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 bugging out before next year's election could leave the administration facing even tougher decisions a little further down the road.’
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His face was red, his eyes bugging out, his entire being seemingly contorted in fury.’
    • ‘I thought your eyes were going to bug out of your head!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nath sucked down some flaming blue cocktail and his eyes bugged out.’
    • ‘Kenny's smile fell off his face and he stopped dead in his tracks and his eyes bugged out in surprise.’
    • ‘I can't help my eyes from bugging out at the shock of hearing that sentence.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘My eyes pretty much bugged out when I saw the claim that square A is the same shade of grey as square B.’
    • ‘My eyes nearly bugged out of my head when I saw Jessica sitting where I had been.’
    • ‘He came out, his eyes bugging out of his head, let out of the truck.’
    • ‘I have printed it out so I can read it without my eyes bugging out.’