Green’s Dictionary of Slang

fuck-off n.

[fuck off v.]

1. (also fug-off) a lazy or inefficient person, who prefers to fuck off rather than work.

[US](con. 1944) N. Mailer Naked and Dead 290: You think I’m just a fug-off, don’t you?
[US]H.S. Thompson letter 29 Jan. in Proud Highway (1997) 436: I’ve turned into a fuck-off as far as this journalism is concerned.
[UK]J. Carr Bad (1995) 44: All nine dudes on our crew were young blacks, and we were all fuck-offs.
[US](con. c.1967) J. Ferrandino Firefight 149: Amaro here is the Cougar Company fuckoff.
at 13 June 🌐 Do you think bush is a total fuck off?

2. a despicable thing.

[US]E. Hemingway letter 5 Mar. in Baker Sel. Letters (1981) 721: Now I feel as unclean as when I read his fuck-off book. It has all the charm and trueness of the real and imitation fuck off.

3. a gesture of contempt.

[Ire]H. Leonard Out After Dark 15: Old Fanning appeared at his front window and made feck-off gestures of great savagery.
Napalm Death Harmony Corruption [album liner notes] Finally, a total Fuck Off to all the people who label us rockstars or say we’ve sold out.
[UK]Guardian Rev. 12 May 9: I had been rejected so many times [...] that when I sent off Flight Club, I thought it was just a fuck off to New York publishing. It was my last gesture.

4. a statement of prohibition.

[US]C. Stroud Close Pursuit (1988) 53: Maybe you had to bust a guy and you get a polite fuck-off from your Detective Supervisor — no no no can’t touch that little shit.

5. an irritating or frustrating situation.

[UK]N. Barlay Crumple Zone 83: They’ll do nothing after being a bit patronising [...] which is even more of a fuck-off.
[UK]Guardian G2 14 Feb. 4: A justifiable fuck-off.