1. (also booshwah, boushwah, bushwah, bushwash) nonsense, euph. for bullshit n. (1) [f. bullshit n. (1), but ? link to Can. bois de vache, buffalo dung].
|National Police Gazette n.p.: ‘Bushwa’ [...] a term of derision used to convey the same comment as ‘hot air’ [HDAS].|
|Hampton’s Mag. 25 464/2: Mostly every election keeps [...] the newspaper boys fagged out thinkin’ different means to shoot the same old bushwah in a new form.|
|Three Soldiers 246: Can’t do anything without getting a general order about it. Looks to me like it’s all bushwa.|
|AS II:6 275: booshwah—talking for talk’s sake.‘Stanford Expressions’ in|
|AS VII:5 329: booshwah—nonsense.‘Johns Hopkins Jargon’ in|
|Low Company 44: Come on and let’s cut the bushwah.|
|Tommy Gallagher’s Crusade 72: Tommy grinned. The usual boushwah of the Reds, he reflected.|
|Joe Gould’s Secret (1996) 13: The Oral History is a great hodgepodge [...] an omnium gatherum of bushwa, gab, palaver, hogwash, flapdoodle, and malarkey.‘Professor Sea Gull’ in|
|Seeds of Man (1995) 292: Iffa you lose your heads tonight, see, you cannota remember thissa boosha here de broosha, eyekay?|
|Augie March (1996) 149: Oh, fooey, no. What bushwah! Love, shmuv!|
|Flesh Peddlers (1964) 260: We’re drinking, or talking bushwa.|
|First Blood 72: Government man. Bushwah. Look at him, where the hell would he hide his badge.|
|Sneaky People (1980) 149: That’s bushwa and you know it.|
|Dict. of Invective (1991) 64: The term has been euphemized as B.S., booshwah, bushwa, bushwash, bull, pedigreed bull, prize bull, bovine excrement, heifer dust.|
|Bill [...] on the Planet of Robot Slaves (1991) 93: Do you expect me to believe that old bushwah?|
|Royal Treatment 181: Once you get past the ‘I’m too sexy for my shirt’ bush-wah, he’s a pretty nice guy.|
2. attrib. use of sense 1.
|Plumbers Trade Jrnl 38 328: He guarantees that this will be no Bush Wah game.|
|(con. 1917–19) USA (1966) 476: They said this war talk was a lot of bushwa propaganda.Nineteen Nineteen in|
3. (also boushwa) a pretentious, arrogant person [f. Can. bourgeois, the head voyageur of a trading post or expedition].
|(con. 1920s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 751: He’d be willing to bet that this Boushwa was as bad, and could hardly speak English.Judgement Day in|
4. a yokel.
|Amer. Thes. Sl. §391.3: rustic, bumpkin, bushwa.|
5. (US Und.) an outsider who dislikes criminals.
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|