Definition of do a bunk in US English:

do a bunk


  • Make a hurried or furtive departure or escape.

    • ‘The rules say you can work in pairs in the evenings after 8 p.m. so if you get into trouble, one of you can run interference while your oppo does a bunk to safety.’
    • ‘He revealed details of the blackmail to churchwardens and members of the parochial church council and told them he was gay, before doing a bunk on police advice.’
    • ‘He did a bunk in mid-December (just before an ICAC inquiry into the controversial Orange Grove affair resumed) and hasn't been seen or heard from since.’
    • ‘She came to Britain in 1795 to meet her future husband (later George IV) who took one look, did a bunk and ordered a large brandy.’
    • ‘Peter Chapman remembers: ‘He put two of them in hospital - the other one did a bunk.’’
    • ‘Many of them had to do a bunk as the Nazis became more powerful and they ended up in Hollywood.’
    • ‘Fans of Twins Peaks may remember an episode where James Hurley and Donna Heywood meet at the Roadhouse before doing a bunk as things at home develop into a higher state of bedlam.’
    • ‘The boss came out, said there was a police officer inside, and urged me to do a bunk or get prison.’
    • ‘Kahlil's stepfather, the man she did a bunk with, never seems to have warmed to the boy.’
    • ‘The English agent even had the cheek to send an e-mail saying he was doing a bunk and planned to emigrate to Italy.’
    run off, run away, make off, take off, take to one's heels, run for it, make a run for it, make a break for it, bolt, beat a retreat, beat a hasty retreat, make a quick exit, make one's getaway, escape, head for the hills, do a disappearing act
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