bug out


bugged out; bugging out; bugs out

intransitive verb

: to retreat during a military action
especially : to flee in panic
: to depart especially in a hurry
bugout 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
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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bug out was in 1950

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“Bug out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bug%20out. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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