bug out

verb
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

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

bugout

\ˈbəg-ˌau̇t\ noun

Examples of bug out in a Sentence

  1. the ground soldiers bugged out just before the start of the aerial bombing

  2. the strange visitor bugged out without so much as saying a word

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Origin and Etymology of bug out

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bug out Synonyms

Synonyms
bolt, break, run, flee, fly, hightail (it), retreat, run away, run off, skedaddle
Antonyms
arrive, come, show up, turn up
Related Words
abscond, clear out, decamp, elope, escape, get (away), get out, lam, light out, make off, mizzle [chiefly British], scarper [British], scat, scram, skip (out), skirr
Near Antonyms
beard, brave, confront, dare, defy, face; abide, dwell, hang around, linger, remain, stay, stick around, tarry

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