bug out - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [intransitive] American
present tense
I/you/we/theybug out
he/she/itbugs out
present participlebugging out
past tensebugged out
past participlebugged out
  1. 1
    if someone’s eyes bug out, they open very wide, for example because the person is shocked by something

    Her eyes will bug out when she sees that pile of work.

  2. 3
    informal to become too frightened to do something

    If things get tough, don’t bug out.

See also main entry: bug