bugger off

British and Australian English INFORMAL offensive!
This page is about the phrasal verb bugger off.

Meaning: If you tell someone to bugger off, you're telling them to go away in a very impolite and aggressive way.

Synonym: piss off (British/Australian, offensive)

For example:

  • bugger off When Jimmy got drunk he'd tell his wife to bugger off and leave him alone.

  • bugger off My son got into trouble at school for telling one of his teachers to bugger off.

Variety: This is typically used in British and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

If you tell your boss to bugger off, she'll probably

a. promote you

b. punish you

c. thank you

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Contributor: Matt Errey