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

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 Even my tests of the weakest GPUs never made GTA V bug out that way. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, 25 Feb. 2022 Rather than acting to restore our leverage, by retaking Bagram Air Base or another airfield, the White House rushed to bug out by the August 31 deadline that the Taliban insisted on. The Editors, National Review, 31 Aug. 2021 One of these rifles, properly set up, will make your eyes bug out with bug-sized groups. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, 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, 21 Sep. 2020 Urban bug out kits are not complete without this simple water procurement tool. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, 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, 29 Feb. 2020 Check your bug out bags and prepper materials, stock up. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, 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, 9 Sep. 2019 See More

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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 15 Aug. 2022.

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