1North American informal (of the eyes) open wide or bulge outward.
- ‘he did a double take and his eyes bugged out’
2North American informal Think or behave in an irrational or erratic way; panic or become hysterical.
- ‘I knew they had my phone and I was bugging out’
- 2.1bug someone out, bug out someoneDisturb, unsettle, or annoy someone.
- ‘they changed the color just a little bit and it's bugging me out’
3North American informal Leave quickly.
abscond, make off, run off, run away, flee, bolt, take off, take flight, disappear, vanish, slip away, steal away, sneak away, beat a hasty retreat, escape, make a run for it, make one's getaway, leave, depart, make oneself scarce
- ‘if you see enemy troops, bug out’
- ‘Once there, he claimed purple hearts for every scratch, and bugged out as quickly as humanly possible.’
- ‘Clearly, there's a whole lot going on inside the museum, but perhaps it's best that some doors stay closed: watching some of the action might just cause people to bug out.’
- ‘It was only motherly intervention that convinced her to bug out.’
- ‘But bugging out before next year's election could leave the administration facing even tougher decisions a little further down the road.’
- ‘But I simply do not see any option whatever for bugging out, hiving off and starting something else.’
- ‘He bugged out for an entire year of his duty - desertion in wartime, a capital offense, if you're not rich and well-connected.’
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