bug off


bugged off; bugging off; bugs off

intransitive verb

: leave, depart
usually used as a command

Examples of bug off in a Sentence

I wish you would just bug off and leave me alone
Recent Examples on the Web Additionally, it can be used to keep harmful bugs off your garden plants, if needed. Lauren Breedlove, Travel + Leisure, 26 May 2023 The kit also comes with a cleaning brush for getting the dead bugs off the wire grids. Kat De Naoum, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Mar. 2023 The San Antonio Zoo is offering a special Valentine’s Day greeting for exes who just won’t bug off. Yenny Sanchez, CNN, 29 Jan. 2023 Toward the end of the film, Weerasethakul’s hand enters the frame to brush a dead bug off the bed. The New Yorker, 10 Jan. 2022

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Word History


probably short for bugger off

First Known Use

1952, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bug off was in 1952

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“Bug off.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bug%20off. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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