Buzz Off

Meaning of Idiom ‘Buzz Off’

To buzz off means to leave; go away. 1Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.,2Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.

Usage

Buzz off is usually spoken as a command, similar to beat it.

Examples:

“You’re not going to believe what Bobby said to the new manager! He told him to buzz off!”

“The lawyer told the reporters to buzz off. He had nothing to say about the case.”

“You need to buzz off, said Uncle Ray to his nephew. “You’re giving me a headache.”

“My little brother always followed us everywhere, no matter how many times we told him to buzz off.”

Origin

Used since the second decade of the 1900’s, approximately during the period of World War I. 3Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.

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1, 3. Ammer, Christine. American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013.
2. Heacock, Paul. Cambridge Dictionary of American Idioms. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010.