Phrasal Verbs

bugger off

This page is about the phrasal verb bugger off

British and Australian English INFORMAL offensive!


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


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.


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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