Green’s Dictionary of Slang

bush n.1

[SE bush]

1. (UK Und.) the place where thieves defraud their victim [the imagery reflects the world of hunting].

[UK]Greene Blacke Bookes Messenger 3: A Table of the words of Art lately deuised by Ned Browne and his associates, to Crosbite the old Phrases used in the manner of Conny-catching. [...] The Tauerne where they goe, the Bush.
[UK]Dekker Belman of London F2: The Tauerne to which they repaire to worke the Feate, is the Bush.

2. as pubic or facial hair.

(a) the pubic hair of either sex.

R. Barnfield Shepherdes Confession in Grosart (1876) 204: Wee agreed the bargaine was who in runinge should first come to the bush at the bottom of the hill, he should haue the prize.
[UK]J. Day Ile of Guls III i: I do not loue a man should go long about my bush.
[UK]Dekker Gul’s Horne-Booke 15: Thou maiest safely and wisely brag tis thine owne Bush-Naturall.
[UK]Jonson Devil is an Ass II i: Commend my service to my lady Tailbush.
[UK]Le Strange Merry Passages and Jeasts No. 1 17: Sir Will: Co[r]nwallis meeting Sir Henry Wotton one time, askt him where he had beene? He answerd, ‘faith Will: at a Bawdie house where I mett with the strangest thing that ever man sawe; a wench that was all haire and No-Thing else [...] to whome Sir Will: replyde: a Bush and no Wine? downe with the Signe.
[UK] ‘The Swimming Lady’ Pepys Ballads (1987) IV 20: The part which she’s asham’d to see, without a bashful blush, Appear’d like curious Tiffany display’d upon a Bush.
Roaring Lad in Sola Pinto Common Muse (1957) 398: A Maiden-head is a Temptation, Provided your Clarret be terse sir, But the Bush is the best provocation, If you can but handle your Piercer.
[UK]Merry Maid of Islington 4: This is the Survey, not only of the Mannour it self, but the Meadow, Pasture, Plow land, Coney-burrow, Fish-pond, Hedge, Ditch and Bush that stands in’t.
[UK] ‘The Hunting’ in Ebsworth Merry Drollery Compleat (1875) 39: Ride, ride, St. George, he’s stole into the bush.
[UK] ‘Kate’s Beauty’ in Playford Pills to Purge Melancholy II 244: Her Belly’s a Hill of sweet Pleasure, / In Bush enclos’d lies the Treasure.
[UK] in D’Urfey Pills to Purge Melancholy IV 66: [as cit. 1700].
[UK]G. Stevens ‘The Sentiment Song’ Songs Comic and Satyrical 125: Here’s the Nest in that Bush, and the Bird-nesting Lover; / Here’s Middlesex Bush-fighting, ---rest and recover.
[UK]Banquet of Wit 103: Sentiments and Toasts [...] The indian way of fighting; laying upon our bellies and firing through bushes.
[UK]Whore’s Catechism [trans.] 79: The first thing a man does [...] is to explore her bubbies, then her buttocks, and next her ‘bush’.
[UK] ‘Toasts & Sentiments’ Gentleman’s Spicey Songster 48: May volunteers all be able to enter the privates without beating about the bush.
[Aus]Satirist & Sporting Chron. (Sydney) 11 Mar. 2/4: He [...] has also expressed his determination of entering a nag for every Ladies’ Purse given at (The) Bush — whether Home or otherwise.
[UK]C. Deveureux Venus in India I 48: Hair the same in tint, but not so rich in color, as that magnificent bush I had moistened so liberally, aided by her own offerings this morning.
[UK]‘Suzan Aked’ The Simple Tale of Suzan Aked 51: Pictires in which all that a man has, prick, balls, bush, are represented with striking fidelity.
[Aus]Sydney Sportsman (Surry Hills, NSW) 7 Dec. 8/4: At a party [...] the other night a ‘lydy’ was scratching herself so vigorously that her bloke told her to turn it up. [...] ‘[E]verybody is watchin’ yer.’ ‘I don’t care.’ replied the flea hunter; ‘a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush’.
[Ire]Joyce letter 8 Dec. to Nora Barnacle in Ellman Sel. Letters (1975) 185: I shall [...] lie down gently by you and begin to lick lazily round your bush.
[UK]G.R. Bacchus Maudie 73: If any one dares to lay one finger on my bush, I’ll cut off his cock and balls.
[US]‘J.M. Hall’ Anecdota Americana I 171: One had shaved off the hair around her private parts, and the other commented on it. ‘How is it that I’ve got such a bush and you ain’t got any hair there?’.
[US]H. Roth Call It Sleep (1977) 291: Big bush under duh belly! [...] An duh hull knish! All de hairs!
[UK]K. Amis letter 9 Mar. in Leader (2000) 200: A cyst among my bush, which periodically suppurated and made me feel an unclear unclean man, ‘has completely disappeared after ten days’ dosage’.
[UK]L. Dunne Goodbye to The Hill (1966) 173: You don’t notice your pubic hairs until you see the bush.
[US]E. Thompson A Garden of Sand (1981) 135: I bet that Rae’s got a great bush on her.
[US]R. Price Ladies’ Man (1985) 196: I plunged my hands into her bush.
[US]C. Hiaasen Skin Tight 270: She strips off the bottom of her bathing suit . . . All day long, flashing her bush in my face.
[Aus](con. 1964-65) B. Thorpe Sex and Thugs and Rock ’n’ Roll 18: A beautiful silky bush.
[UK]Guardian Rev. 9 Oct. 10: Rita and Reena [...] inveigle men into their house so Rita can ‘show them her bush’ and Reena blackmail them.
[US]J. Ellroy ‘Hot-Prowl Rape-O’ in Destination: Morgue! (2004) 297: She munched muff in Malibu and boffed bush in Bel-Air.
[SA]A. Lovejoy Acid Alex 89: I unbuttoned her pants, after struggling a bit, and pushed my hand inside and down. The shock of her – bush – hair in my fingertips – under her panties!
[Aus]L. Redhead Thrill City [ebook] I wouldn’t have cared if I had [...] a bush down to my knees.
[Scot]I. Welsh Decent Ride 124: Your hand in a bird’s bush [...] is something you can’t put a price on.
[Aus]T. Spicer Good Girl Stripped Bare 8: Number 96, the first program to show bush. Not George. Pubic hair.
[US](con. 1991-94) W. Boyle City of Margins 12: ‘So, you grew some balls and told him to go shave [Al] Sharpton’s bush, or what?’.
[UK]J. Meades Empty Wigs (t/s) 315: Terry de Havilland style shoes with six-inch heels and a transparent platform. Nicely coiffed bush.

(b) (Aus./US) a moustache, a beard.

[US]B. Fisher A. Mutt in Blackbeard Compilation (1977) 28: ‘Why don’t you cut that mustache off?’ ‘That’s a good idea. I’ll shed this bush.’.
[US]Ersine Und. and Prison Sl.
[US]O. Strange Sudden Takes the Trail 40: You oughta shave that bush off’n yore face.
Hollywood Dec. 12: ‘So I grew a beard.’ [...] Gene [Evans] has had the bush ever since [W&F].
[US]G.L. Coon Meanwhile, Back at the Front (1962) 42: Moon will love that bush of yours.
[US]E.E. Landy Underground Dict. (1972).

(c) (Aus.) in fig. use of sense 2a, a young woman, seen in a purely sexual context.

[US] ‘The Banks of my Native Australia’ in G. Logsdon Whorehouse Bells Were Ringing (1995) 166: She carelessly slipped and fell back on the sand, / And I entered the bush of Australia.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Mar. 1: bush [...] a female used as a sex object.

(d) a hairstyle in which normally short, curly black hair is allowed to grow out around the head.

Baratz & Baratz ‘Psychology’s Denial of the Existence of Negro Culture’ paper at Amer. Psychological Assoc. 13: Thus, one finds the adaptation of the African bush by Afro-American girls but with the Americanized aspect of having large, ‘long hair’ bushes as opposed to the typical close-cut bush of African women.
[US]O. Hawkins Ghetto Sketches 149: With all that bush Lubertha has on her head these days, she’s gonna have t’ play with it awhile.
[US]V.E. Smith Jones Men 92: He’s supposed to have a big bush.
[US]M. Jahn Killer on Heights (1978) 13: The dead man was black [...] with what they call a ‘modest bush’ (a short Afro).

3. the cat-o’-nine-tails [resemblance].

[UK]Daily News 13 Sept. 7/6: They might give him twenty years, and he should not care, so long as they did not order him the bush .

4. a distant place.

(a) (US) in baseball use, referring to the minor leagues, the countryside, the small towns.

[US]D. Runyon ‘Melody of Minor League’ 25 Mar. [synd. verse] I’ve been through the Bushes, from Frisco to maine, an’ a lot o’ the map in between.
[US]Van Loan ‘The Comeback’ in Ten-Thousand-Dollar Arm 204: The wild young men from the bushes outpitched him.
[US]S. Paige Maybe I’ll Pitch Forever 134: All I had was the Monarchs’ number two team and a job wandering around the bushes.
J.B. Holway Josh & Satch xi: It elevated Satchel from a great but obscure pitcher, toiling in baseball’s bushes, onto a pedestal beside the other great athletes of his race.

(b) (Aus.) the suburbs.

[Aus]Baker Popular Dict. Aus. Sl. (2nd edn).

5. in drug contexts, as a plant.

(a) (drugs, also bushweed) marijuana.

[[US]Z.N. Hurston Tell My Horse (1995) 291: Jamaica has its ‘bush.’ That is, the island has more usable plants for medicinal and edible purposes than any other spot on earth].
[US]Mezzrow & Wolfe Really the Blues 215: As soon as we got some of that Mexican bush we almost blew our tops.
[US]N. Algren Walk on the Wild Side 14: I was born to smoke bush [...] I may die poor but I won’t die tied.
[US]G. Scott-Heron Vulture (1996) 41: Tellin’ her to come over an’ watch us smoke some a that mean bush you got.
[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 169: [Marijuana’s] immense popularity is reflected in the striking number of terms used to identify it – grass, weed, gunny, bush.
[US]ONDCP Street Terms 4: Bush — Marijuana.
[NZ]D. Looser Boobslang [U. Canterbury D.Phil. thesis] 34/2: bush (also bushweed) n. marijuana of poor quality grown outdoors.

(b) (W.I.) second-rate marijuana.

[WI]M. Thelwell Harder They Come 307: It look like we have fe go sell dis bush to de tourist dem.

(c) cocaine.

[UK]Indep. Rev. 15 Sept. 4: As talk of George W ‘Shrub’ Bush’s cocaine use continues [...] Democrats are sporting bumper stickers: ‘Toot if you’re backing Bush’.
[US]ONDCP Street Terms 4: Bush — [...] cocaine.

(d) phencyclidine.

[US]ONDCP Street Terms 4: Bush — [...] PCP.

In compounds

bush Baptist (n.)

(N.Z.) an individual professing no particular religious faith.

Press (Canterbury) 2 Apr. 18: A ‘bush Baptist’ is of indeterminate religion.
bush-beater (n.) [SE beater + pun on SE phr. beat around the bush]

the penis.

[UK]Urquhart (trans.) Gargantua and Pantagruel (1927) I Bk I 44: And some of the other women would give these names, my Roger, my cockatoo, my nimble-wimble, bush-beater, claw-buttock, evesdropper, pick-lock, pioneer, bully-ruffin, smell-smock, trouble-gusset, my lusty live sausage.
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.
[UK]Farmer Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 34: Bec a corbin = the penis; ‘the bush-beater’.
bush-buzzer (n.) [SE buzzer]

(Aus.) a vibrator.

[Aus]B. Humphries Traveller’s Tool 34: The authorities publicly dismantle your kingsized flesh-pink bush-buzzer.
bush dinner (n.)

see separate entry.

bush-eater (n.)

(US) a cunnilinguist.

L. Schecter Jocks 8: A New York newspaper used the phrase ‘bush-eater’ about a baseball player once only because neither the writer nor the editor knew what it meant.
bush-fighting (n.)

sexual intercourse.

[UK]G. Stevens ‘The Sentiment Song’ Songs Comic and Satyrical 125: Here’s the Nest in that Bush, and the Bird-nesting Lover; / Here’s Middlesex Bush-fighting, ---rest and recover.
[UK]Harris’s List of Covent-Garden Ladies 84: She does her supine exercise with the greatest judgment, fond of close attacks, always prefering bush-fighting to any other.
[UK]Bacchanalian Mag. 50: Original and selected Toasts and Sentiments [...] Bush fighting.
[UK]‘A Song of Sentiments’ in Fake Away Songster in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) III 280: [as 1772].
bush-head (n.)

see separate entry.

bushwhacker (n.)

see separate entries.

In phrases

dive in the bushes (v.) (also go into the bushes)

(US) to perform cunnilingus.

[US]C. Panzram Journal of Murder in Gaddis & Long (2002) 116: A face artist is one who goes downtown for lunch and nose-dives into the bushes when he’s hungry.
[US]‘Mae West in “The Hip Flipper”’ [comic strip] in B. Adelman Tijuana Bibles (1997) 95: Judging from the gusto with which the Schnozzolla was diving in the bush [etc.].
[US]Guild Dict. Homosexual Terms 12: dive (v.): To practice cunnilinctus. Also: dive in the bushes.
[US](con. 1950s) D. Goines Whoreson 162: Some niggers get awful mad when people infer that they go in the bushes.
[US]B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 139: To tongue the clitoris and vulva. Syn: dive [in the bushes].
push in the bush (n.) [push n. (1a)]

sexual intercourse.

[US]Maledicta IV:2 (Winter) 199: In any case, we would all agree that a push in the bush is worth two in the hand.
shove in the bush (n.)

(Aus.) an act of sexual intercourse.

[Aus]R.S. Close With Hooves of Brass 112: But the big, stupid kite! Dithering and frigging about instead of nicking into the scrub with her and give [sic] her a shove in the bush.

SE in slang uses

In derivatives

bushitis (n.)

1. (Aus./US) mental deterioration due to over-prolonged residence in the bush.

[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 21 Dec. 13/3: He had come to Perth to recover from an attack of what he called ‘bushitis’.
[Aus]W. Coast Sentinel (Streaky Bay, SA) 26 Sept. 8/2: Suddenly a hideous noise something between a dog’s bark and a fox’s howl, splits the air. ‘Shellback’ laughing, Bushitis I've got, he tells me. Ah, well! He cannot appreciate the country he is in.
Balonne Beacon St George, Qld) 3 Dec. 3/6: But the bush is so depressing when there's no where we can go. / [...] / And we have to watch ourselves, we have and be careful what we do; / For there's a new disease that's come along to weaken and excite us. / And what a name they have for it, a funny word ‘Bushltls’.
Oil & Gas Jrnl 56 98: Since the job was a long one efforts were made to overcome ‘bushitis,’ an ailment that causes men to tire of a location.

2. (Aus.) emotional succour gained from quitting the city for the bush.

[Aus]Aus. Worker (Sydney) 1 Apr. 10/5: Possibly, he was suffering fromthat most deadly of all diseases, Cityitis. He has decided that Bushitis is the antidote, and all lovers of [...] memorable literature will hope that the mountains [...] endow him with, the balm of complete physical regeneration.

In compounds

bush ape (n.)

see under ape n.

bush baby (n.)

(Aus.) one whose overlong stay in the desert has driven them mad.

[UK]R. McGregor-Hastie Compleat Migrant 105: Bushbaby: a man who has spent too long in the desert, and is off his head.
bush-bash (v.)

(Aus.) to travel in the bush, either on foot, a bicycle or in a four-wheeled off-road vehicle; also as n.

[Aus]Woroni (Canberra, ACT) 5 Apr. 13/2: CYCLE CLUB REPORT The first outing held this year was a bush-bash and picnic, held in the pine forest .
[Aus]Aus. Women’s Wkly 16 Jan. 24/4: After leaving camp seven, we did some hard bush-bashing (a term used by bushwalkers when pushing through thick, trackless stretches) to a lunch spot under a twisted old paperbark tree.
[Aus]Times (Victor Harbor, SA) 1 June 3/1: Four Encounter Coast businessmen are setting off this Wednesday on a high speed 5,000km bush bash through the State’s far north to help raise money for handicapped children.
[Aus]L. Davies Candy 26: It began to seem daunting. I hadn’t been expecting so much bush bashing.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 39: bush bash To tramp difficult terrain, or let your 4WD do the job. In Australia it refers to clearing virgin bush.
P. Thomas Peter Bush 128: Next thing a helicopter would swoop over the hill, having covered in 20 minutes as much ground as we had in three days of bush bashing.
bush chook (n.)

1. (Aus.) a (young) emu; also used for various other conspicuous ground birds.

F. Geiser in Physiological Zoology 60 (1)93/1: I wish to thank Meredith Smith for her loan of several pygmy possums and John Coventry for allowing me to use his pitfall traps in the Big Desert and partake of his dinkum bush chooks.
[Aus]Woroni (Canberra) 21 Oct. 18/1: Just like in Australia where kangaroos hop down the urban center streets, where there’s no indoor plumbing, and where drop bears and bush chooks are the terrorists of the bush.
Siu Ling Hui Victoria Market: History, Recipes, Stories 80: This is the home of the magnificent Bush Chook, the ultimate bird for a true-blue Australian Christmas roast. Bush Chook is the nickname for a young emu about eighteen weeks old.
[Aus]Age (Melbourne) 21 Nov. n.p.: The wetland is home to tens of thousands of red gum and black box eucalypts, and, when wet, is home to masses of wildlife including black-tailed native hens (known as ‘bush chook’ to Parks Victoria ranger Shane Southon), spoonbills and ducks.
Urban Dict. 13 Sept. 🌐 Bush Chook A nickname given to the emu by rural farmers and country folk of Australia.

2. (Aus., also bushie, chook) Swan Brewery’s Emu Bitter or Emu Export brand beer; a can or bottle of this beer.

Wikipedia 17 Feb. 🌐 Emu Bitter is colloquially known as [...] ‘Bush Chooks’.
Facebook: Save the Bush Chook 17 Oct. 🌐 The closure of the Swan Brewery in Canning Vale, WA, means that WA’s premier beer is under threat. Save the Bush Chook!
Wreck Em 3 Feb. 🌐 Upon arrival I was greeted with what was soon to be known as the greatest beer Australia has produced, ‘the bush chook’, Emu Export.
Facebook: Bring Back The Bush Chooks 25 Dec. 🌐 First Bushie of 2017 proper............enjoy!
[Aus]Sydney Morn. Herald 25 June 🌐 I’ve never seen such reverence for Emu Export from so many beer lovers after the chook calamity was posted on Facebook.
Pilbara News (Karratha, WA) 21 Mar. 🌐 The old bush chook ads come with the catch cry ‘would you go an export mate’.
bush dinner (n.)

see separate entry.

bushfire blonde (n.) [the flames of the bushfire]

1. (Aus.) a red-headed woman, occas. man (see cite 1941).

[Aus]Aus. Women’s Wkly 29 Mar. 19/1: ‘Hello, hello!’ I said [...] ‘Off to meet a girl, I suppose?’ But the bushfire blond only glowed. ‘Mal, [...] I'm going along to meet her father’.
[Aus]Baker Aus. Lang. 76: Bushfire blonde, a red-haired girl or woman.
[Aus]N. Pulliam I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 61: Don’t try to cut the flash with me. That bushfire blonde didn’t give you the first looko.
[Aus]C. Bowles G’DAY 83: He’s hanging out for his first root and has his eyes on a bushfire blonde in the corner.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 40: bushfire blonde 1. A redheaded woman. [...] ANZ.

2. cherry brandy and lemonade.

[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 40: bushfire blonde [...] Cherry brandy and lemonade. [...] ANZ.
bush hog (n.)

(US) a peasant.

[US]W.M. Henderson Stark Raving Elvis 11: With Elvis as your guide there was no need to hide your bush-hog status [...] here was a true bush-hog, with no roots, no culture.
bush parole (n.) (also bush pass)

(orig. US prison) an escape.

[US]H. Yenne ‘Prison Lingo’ in AS II:6 281: Bush parole—One that runs away from an institution is said to do his parole in the bushes.
[US]A. Herndon Let Me Live 249: There’s a chain gang down in Georgia / That will soon be missing me, / For by my soul A ‘bush parole’ / Will pardon me.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).
[US]N. Algren Walk on the Wild Side 8: A Linkhorn had finally taken bush parole, fleeing his Scottish bondage for the brave new world.
[US]Ragen & Finston World’s Toughest Prison 793: bush parole – Escape from prison.
[US]C. Shafer ‘Catheads [...] and Cho-Cho Sticks’ in Abernethy Bounty of Texas (1990) 199: bush parole, n. – escaping; leaving without permission: ‘He left on bush parole.’.
[US]Bentley & Corbett Prison Sl. 108: Jackrabbit Parole Escape. (Archaic: bush parole).
[US]Other Side of the Wall: Prisoner’s Dict. July 🌐 Bush Pass: An escape or walk-away. (TN).
bush patrol (n.)

1. (US prison) an escape.

[US]J. Blake letter 1 Oct. in Joint (1972) 107: The Wisconsin authorities allowed him to return here to serve out a Florida bit that was interrupted when he took bush patrol from a road camp at Pompano.
[US]Bentley & Corbett Prison Sl. 108: Bush Patrol To escape from prison.

2. see also sl. compounds above.

bushpig (n.)

1. (US campus) an extremely ugly woman [note acronym c. 1986 T.T.B.B.R.: ‘turn that bush pig round’, used when a woman thus described enters a public house].

[Aus]Tracks (Aus.) Aug. 3: And as for the dickhead who thinks that westy girls are ‘bushpigs’ we’d like to say ‘get fucked,’ and have a look at your own surfie chicks with their floppy brown tits trotting along behind you waxheads like drooling puppies. So up yours [Moore 1993].
[UK]Indep. on Sun. Real Life 27 June 11: They talked about women as bushpigs.
[UK]Indep. 10 Sept. 22/1: Growing up as a surfie girl in Australia where women were referred to as ‘bushpigs’, ‘swamp hogs’ or ‘maggots’.

2. (Aus.) a general insult, irrespective of sex; also attrib.

[Aus]G. Seal Lingo 127: In between [the extremes of insult] lies an enormous and subtly graded range of possibilities that include the following: [...] bush pig; clown; crawler; dead loss; dead head; derro; dick; dickhead; drongo; face-ache; galah.
[Aus]K.F. Bartolo in Pragmatics & Intercultural Comms 14: I don’t know what these half-literate bogan, bush pig expressions mean. They make us sound so cheap and uneducated.
[Aus]L. Redhead Thrill City [ebook] A long, convoluted impro [...] that ended with me and my bush-pig older sister Sharon getting into a punch-up.

3. (Aus. prison) a female prison officer.

[Aus]Tupper & Wortley Aus. Prison Sl. Gloss. 🌐 Bush pig. Generally any female prison officers but particularly if considered unattractive, overweight or officious. May be generalised to other women.
bush radio (n.) (also bush wireless, jail wireless)

(orig. Aus.) a network of gossip and rumour that brings news, often inaccurate, before the official sources.

[UK]V. Davis Gentlemen of the Broad Arrows 50: He had obtained the news by the mysterious ‘bush wireless’ route. [Ibid.] 94: There is no solution to the greatest mystery of penal life — ‘jail wireless’.
C. Coulter Bush Wives & Girl Soldiers 24: Rumors, locally referred to as bush radio, are an integral part of Sierra Leonean rural life.
bushranger (n.) [weak use of SE bush-ranger, a highwayman]

1. (UK Und.) a low class prostitute.

[UK]F.L.G. Swells Night Out n.p.: From the aristocratic nymph of Pentonville Hill, to the poor bush ranger or hedge prowler of Highgate Fields.

2. (Aus.) a petty swindler; one who takes unfair advantage of others.

[Aus]Launceston Advertiser 19 April in M. Cash Life and Adventures 177: The Criminal Court has been occupied the whole week in trying the bushrangers. They have all been found guilty.
[UK]C. Reade It Is Never Too Late to Mend II 328: How suspicious you are! Bush-rangers again, I suppose. They are always running in your mind – them and gold.
[Aus]E. Wardley Confessions of Wavering Worthy 167: The bush-rangers [...] turned out only to be an elderly man and a youth, well-armed, who had recently adopted the trade.
[UK]W.J. Barry Up and Down 21: Two bushrangers who stole our horses.
[Aus]K. Mackay Out Back 129: My father in league with bushrangers?
[UK]E.W. Hornung Amateur Cracksman (1992) 59: There are some brand-new bushrangers on the road between Whittlesea and this – a second Kelly gang!
[UK]Boy’s Own Paper 24 Aug. 738: I was face to face with none other than the notorious Australian bushranger known as Tom Ryan.
[UK]Marvel 9 Aug. 1: The bushranger held a revolver levelled at Pete’s head.
[Aus]J. Doone Timely Tips For New Australians 16: BUSHRANGER.—An armed highwayman who confines his operations to the open country with, perhaps, occasional raids on small townships.
[Aus](con. 1830s–60s) ‘Miles Franklin’ All That Swagger 70: Audacious swindlers, bushrangers and other criminals.
[Aus]N. Pulliam I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 231/1: bushranger – originally an escaped convict; later the roving bandit of the bush and outback; nowadays sometimes a person who takes advantage of others.
[UK]‘Charles Raven’ Und. Nights 75: An old chum of mine from Wandsworth days, one Cyril Duncombe, sometimes known, for reasons into which we need not go, as the Bushranger.
bush-scrubber (n.)

1. (Aus.) a boor, a bumpkin [SAusE scrubber, one who lives in the scrub; also bush scrubber, a second-rate, under-nourished cow].

[UK] in E.E. Morris Austral Eng. (1898) 72/1: Modern. Up-country manservant on seeing his new mistress: ‘My word! a real lady! she’s no bush-scrubber!’.

2. a rural prostitute [scrubber n. (4a)].

[Aus]Baker Popular Dict. Aus. Sl.
[US]Trimble 5000 Adult Sex Words and Phrases.
[US]Maledicta IX 148: The compilers ought to have looked farther afield and found: […] bush scrubber (rural pro).
bush telegraph (n.)

see separate entry.

bush week (n.) [the image of the rural ‘bush’ dwellers coming innocently to town]

(Aus.) a fig. ‘week’ when dubious deals may be proposed and confidence tricks carried out; usu. in phr. What do you think this is? Bush Week?, used to fend off what is considered a dubious suggestion.

[[Aus]Bathurst Times (NSW) 9 Apr. 4/5: Other delegates stated that members working on the land would not be able to attend unless at extreme inconvenience. A Voice: This is not bush week].
[Aus]Baker Aus. Lang. 76: The time-honoured chant of derision What’s this, bush week?
[Aus]L. Glassop Lucky Palmer 37: Do you think a man’s a mug? I get smart alecks like you trying to put one over on me every minute of the day. What do you think this is? Bush Week?
[Aus]Argus (Melbourne) 20 June 6/2: They have been mystified by such intensively Australian bon mots as [...] ‘What’s this, Bush week?’ .
Minneapolis Star (MN) 9 Feb. 32/1: I said, ‘What do you think this is, bushweek?’.
[Aus]N. Keesing Lily on the Dustbin 82: Some lazybones, who compound their sins by being cheeky, when asked ‘What do you think this is? Bush Week?’ will answer back, ‘Yes, and you’re the sap!’.
[Aus]R. Beckett Dinkum Aussie Dict. 13: Bushweek: A situation where everything is a bloody mess when it shouldn’t be, or where something has gone wrong and the perpetrator of the action is taking advantage of the person making the charge: ‘What do you think this is, bloody bush week?’.

6. (Aus.) to live in the bush.

[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 26 Apr. 3/3: The Bench [...] left Mary Ann the opportunity of returning to her tribe and bush-ing it.

In phrases

go bush (v.) [SE bush, uncleared or untilled areas that are still in a state of nature] (Aus.)

1. to go wild, to go mad.

[Aus]X. Herbert Capricornia (1939) 76: Hees too much damn trouble here Oscar hees gone bush 3 times allready.
[Aus]I.L. Idriess One Wet Season 150: Take a pull on yourself, Womba, or you’ll be going bush in the horrors.
[Aus]K. Willey Ghosts of the Big Country 177: And the dead went ‘Poof’ and we all went bush / Down by the Daly River-O!
[Aus]R. Beckett Dinkum Aussie Dict. 13: To ‘go bush’ means [...] to have gone mad.
[UK]J. Stevenson London Bridges (2001) 231: George has gone bush. He just warned me not to talk to you.

2. to seek the solitude and privacy of the bush.

[Aus]J. Gunn We of the Never-Never (1962) 3: The women-folk spoke of a woman ‘going bush’ as ‘sheer madness.’ Besides, no woman travels during the Wet. [Ibid.] 114: Fortunately Dan was ‘bush’ again among the cattle.
[Aus]J. Armour Spell of the Inland 207: Webb has gone bush.
[Aus]K.S. Prichard Working Bullocks 75: They understood [...] why Red had gone bush and loafed round brumby hunting.
[Aus]A. Russell Tramp-Royal 78: Milbuka had fled, ‘gone bush’ that morning.
[Aus]D. Stivens Courtship of Uncle Henry 172: At twelve o’clock he had left the field and gone bush.
[Aus]F.B. Vickers Mirage (1958) 247: Arty gets a wire from his missus to say as one of the kids has gone bush and got lost.
[Aus]D. Niland Gold in the Streets (1966) 118: Heard he was going bush.
[Aus]A. Buzo Rooted III i: I’ve decided to go bush and sort myself out.
[Aus] in K. Gilbert Living Black 82: Every holidays we had, we always went back to my grandparents, went bush, digging honey-ants and barley.
[UK]B. Chatwin Songlines 141: He and his black friends would ‘go bush’ for days on end.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 88: go bush Go into hiding, usually in rough country, to avoid debt or jail or threat, or simply to get away from hustle and bustle to peace and quiet. ANZ C20.
[Aus] D. Whish-Wilson ‘In Savage Freedom’ in Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] Drifted into the only union that would have them, the Painters and Dockers, before my Dad went bush.
[Aus]C. Hammer Scrublands [ebook] ‘He used to come out sometimes, go bush, camp out overnight. Said he liked the solitude’.

3. of farm animals, to run free.

[Aus]N. Pulliam I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 233/2: go bush – [...] to run wild, if livestock.
[Aus]S. Gore Holy Smoke 25: Suppose one of youse had been lumbered with some newchum dimwit who’d let a few of yer woolly jumbucks go bush, eh?

4. in fig. use, to escape a place or situation and vanish.

[Aus]N. Pulliam I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 233/2: go bush – [...] If somebody gets out of jail and hides, he’s ‘gone bush’.
[Aus](con. 1964-65) B. Thorpe Sex and Thugs and Rock ’n’ Roll 30: Of course the Sydney contest organisers had gone bush.

5. to get away from routine.

[Aus]J. Wynnum I’m a Jack, All Right 16: Won’t have any difficulty in finding one or two of the boys who’d love to go bush for a week or so.
make bush (v.) [one escapes into the bushes]

(US prison) to escape.

[US]Bentley & Corbett Prison Sl. 108: Make Bush [...] To escape from prison.