bugger about v.
1. to wander around.
|Sel. Letters (1992) 81: Cecil [...] is no longer buggering about round here.letter 25 Oct. in Thwaite|
2. to mess about with; thus buggering about n.
|(con. 1916) Her Privates We (1986) 130: We’re buggered about, and taken over miles o’ground.|
|(con. 1880–90s) I Knock at the Door 225: If there was any more of this buggerin’ about with the good name of the throops he’d let the Lord Lieutenant know all the details.|
|For the Rest of Our Lives 105: It wouldn’t be the Army if you weren’t buggered about.|
|(con. 1944) Rats in New Guinea 166: I am not here to be laughed at, chaffed at and otherwise buggered about by the peasantry.|
|Hazell Plays Solomon (1976) 88: Fred was being buggered about by his editor.|
|Guardian Rev. 3 Sept. 18: Movies that got buggered about by internal studio politics.|
3. to waste time, to stall, to be unhelpful; thus buggering about n.
|(con. 1940s) Borstal Boy 335: Now, no buggering about.|
|Bad Debts (2012) [ebook] I buggered about, bought a drink, looked at the magazines, studied the engine additives .|
|Dead Point (2008) [ebook] It’s all that buggering around with carpentry. You don’t do enough law.|
|Sucked In 155: Save the taxpayer the expense of further buggering around. Those forensic tests cost a poultice.|
|Thrill City [ebook] I could bugger around for hours searching the hard way [...] but I didn’t have time.|
4. to make someone’s life miserable or in some way difficult.
|N&Q 12 Ser. IX 379: A more expressive form is ‘To be b-ggered about,’ to be given unnecessary drill or manoeuvres.|
|(con. 1916) Her Privates We (1986) 49: We’re just ’umped an’ bumped an’ buggered about all over fuckin’ France.|
|Sel. Letters (1992) 54: Well, if your New Year resolution is not to let any bugger bugger you about, mine is not to give a bugger for any bugger.letter 2 Jan. in Thwaite|
|Gun in My Hand 225: The band playing [...] to the tune of we won’t be buggered about about we won’t be buggered about but we were.|
|I’m a Jack, All Right 23: Now if you intend to bugger me about, give me back that dough.|
|Sir, You Bastard 202: You’re buggering me about.|
|Dinkum Aussie Dict. 11: One can be [...] ‘buggered about’ (given a hard time by one’s mates or employer).|
|Indep. on Sun. Rev. 20 June 30: Buggering about a woman’s life, smashing her hopes.|
|Experience 290: He felt ‘buggered about’ by the setters.|