bug out

verb
bugged out; bugging out; bugs out

Definition of bug out

intransitive verb

1 : to retreat during a military action especially : to flee in panic
2 : to depart especially in a hurry

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Other Words from bug out

bugout \ ˈbəg-​ˌau̇t How to pronounce bug out (audio) \ noun

Examples of bug out in a Sentence

the ground soldiers bugged out just before the start of the aerial bombing the strange visitor bugged out without so much as saying a word
Recent Examples on the Web One of these rifles, properly set up, will make your eyes bug out with bug-sized groups. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "The 6 Best Magnum Rifle Cartridges for Hunting," 16 Nov. 2020 Their damage is mostly economic, coming in the form of sick days, when people are told to sit tight, drink some fluids, and wait the bug out. Gregory Barber, Wired, "Colds Nearly Vanished Under Lockdown. Now They’re Coming Back," 21 Sep. 2020 Urban bug out kits are not complete without this simple water procurement tool. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "15 Everyday Survival Supplies You Should Buy Online," 27 Nov. 2019 Overall, however, these searches all remain well under the Kardashian threshold, suggesting that Americans aren’t ready to bug out en masse just yet. Washington Post, "A week of coronavirus anxiety, in 11 Google searches," 29 Feb. 2020 Check your bug out bags and prepper materials, stock up. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "Pandemic preppers arm up, 'person with the most ammo wins'," 28 Feb. 2020 This sleek kit is a great fit for your camping gear, vehicle, tackle box, disaster kit or bug out bag. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "15 Pieces of Survival Gear We Can’t Live Without," 9 Sep. 2019 The Philadelphia railroad has had to move slowly to get both conductors and riders used to the changes, and to work the bugs out of the software, Derwinski said during Metra’s monthly board meeting. Mary Wisniewski, chicagotribune.com, "Metra may do away with cash on trains," 11 Dec. 2019 Among the tech zillionaire classes, a place to bug out in the event of an economic collapse, environmental disaster or violent uprising became the thing to have. Alex Williams, New York Times, "Why Don’t Rich People Just Stop Working?," 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of bug out

1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bug out

origin unknown

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“Bug out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bug%20out. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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