Green’s Dictionary of Slang

fuck off v.

also fack off, fuck out

1. (also fuck) to leave, to go away.

[UK](con. 1916) F. Manning Her Privates We (1986) 20: Just fly over the line, take a peek at Fritz, and soon as a bit o’ shrapnel comes their way, fuck off ’ome jildy, toot sweet.
[US]A. Bessie Men in Battle 89: He ‘fucked off’ over the border, as the men put it.
[US] in T. Shibutani Derelicts of Company K (1978) 275: What’s the use of being on the ball, if you’re restricted anyway? May as well fuck off.
[US]H.S. Thompson letter 19 Aug. in Proud Highway (1997) 463: They told me to straighten up or fuck off.
[UK]Sun. Times Mag. 30 Sept. 38: I used to have a whole load of women before I went inside, but they all f---ed off.
[UK]T. Lewis GBH 117: ‘They’ve fucked off,’ I said. ‘That’s what. They’ve fucked off’.
[Ire]P. Howard The Joy (2015) [ebook] He seems to have satisfied himself that I’m all right and he fucks off.
[Aus]P. Temple Bad Debts (2012) [ebook] By the way, Helen’s fucked off.
[UK]Observer Rev. 29 Aug. 9: There’s this guy, big fucker [...] twats me, fucks off.
[Ire]P. Howard Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightdress 3: The borman [...] fucks off down the other end of the bor.
[UK]K. Richards Life 221: Howling that everyone had left him, fucked off and left him.
[UK]J. Fagan Panopticon (2013) 233: ‘I’m gonnae have a whitey,’ he said and fucked off up to the toilet to be sick.
[US]Rolling Stone 14 Oct. 🌐 This is Wisconsin, after all. You can tell immigrants to fuck off, but you can't say the p-word the day before church.
[Ire]P Howard Braywatch 206: I pick up my bag of jerseys and out the door I fock.
[UK]R. Milward Man-Eating Typewriter 344: ‘The past can fuck-off-thataways now for all I care’.

2. (orig. US, also f.o.) to waste time, to idle, to avoid one’s duties; thus fucking off n., wasting time, acting lazily.

[US]O. Ferguson ‘Vocab. for Lakes, [etc.]’ AS XIX:2 108: You would say of a man who has absented himself at the approach of some unpleasant job of work, ‘Oh, he fucked off.’.
[US]D. Pearce Cool Hand Luke (1967) 174: Git back to work. Ah ain’t gonna put up with your fuckin’ off no more.
[US]J. Sayles Union Dues (1978) 57: You keep an eye on him for me. You let me know he stots fuckin off, right?
[US]S. King Different Seasons (1995) 478: He’d been fucking off for the entire first seven years of his public education.
[US]R. Price Clockers 551: You say ‘free’ like [...] alls I do when I’m not here is fuck off or something.
[Scot]V. McDermid Out of Bounds (2017) 60: ‘You fuck off out of her life and we’ll fuck off out of yours’.

3. a synon. for go to hell! under hell n.

[UK]P. Larkin letter 20 Dec. in Thwaite Sel. Letters (1992) 6: Poetry is nobody’s business except the poet’s & everybody else can fuck off (with a peculiar galloping motion.).
[US]R. Daley Prince of the City 35: Now a third detective was demanding money too. ‘I’d tell him to fuck off,’ Coco said.
[UK] (con. 1950s) D. Farson Never a Normal Man 127: ‘You two can fuck off,’ she told them.

4. (US black) to waste, to squander.

[US]M. Braly On the Yard (2002) 9: The big yard’s a cold place to fuck off your life.
[US]Milner & Milner Black Players 216: It is easier for a dude to get rich without a car than it is to get rich with the car (if he don’t fuck off all the money).
[US]B. Coleman Rakim Told Me 151: ‘We got $40,000, bought an SP-12 [drum machine] [...] and fucked off some of the money’.
[US]N. Walker Cherry 39: I was fucking off school pretty bad and I tried to balance that out by getting a job helping make the pizzas at Gerasene’s.

5. to disregard, to brush aside, to put off.

[US]G. Ross Last Campaign 431: They been trying to retire him for months [...] but he keeps fucking them off and turning down his retirement.
[US]T.R. Houser Central Sl. 23: fucked-it-off To let a debt or other obligation lapse [...] ‘I owed the boy money but I just fucked-it-off.’.
[UK]K. Sampson Powder 438: Sulking on the train because me bird’d fucked me off.
[UK]J.J. Connolly Layer Cake 23: We fucked him off of course but he’s gone down one of those law centres.

6. to miss out on something through one’s own or another’s ineptitude.

[US]E. Bunker No Beast So Fierce 164: We fucked off a score because you weren’t here.
[US]T. Robinson Hard Bounce [ebook] Then I realized I’d just fucked-off my ride back.

7. to expel, to reject.

[Ire]R. Doyle Commitments 15: He told me he got fucked ou’ o’ the folk mass choir – D’yis know why? For playin’ The Chicken Song on the organ.
[UK]S. Low Boys From Baghdad 55: No one moved—they were all staying. Mind you, if I could have had my way, quite a few of them would have been unceremoniously fucked off .

8. to stop.

[Ire]R. Doyle Van (1998) 364: ‘Ah, fuck off complainin,’ said Pat.

9. to annoy.

N. Hornby High Fidelity 297: ‘I’m glad you’re back to sort him out.’ [...] This really fucks me off.
[UK]Guardian G2 14 Feb. 4: It was a very small thing but it fucked me off so much.
[UK]A. Wheatle Dirty South 3: It always fucks me off when these brothers don’t wanna spill the shit about him.

In compounds

fuck-off money (n.)

1. a sum of money or an income large enough to give one the power of freedom from everyday constraints, i.e. one could tell one’s employer to fuck off.

[UK]Guardian 30 Dec. 3: The one advantage of being rich is that it’s ‘fuck off’ money. If you don’t like it, you can walk away.

2. a payment that persuades its receiver to go away or abandon a course of action.

[Aus]S. Maloney Sucked In 202: Merv would sign off on the amalgamation, Gilpin would get some fuck-off money.