Military Slang. a hasty retreat from combat, especially in defiance of orders.
Slang. a person who absents himself or herself from duties or obligations.

Nearby words

  1. bugle,
  2. bugler,
  3. bugleweed,
  4. bugloss,
  5. bugong,
  6. bugs,
  7. bugsha,
  8. buhl,
  9. buhlwork,
  10. buhr

Origin of bugout

First recorded in 1950–55; noun use of verb phrase bug out leave

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