do a bunk


4 [buhngk] British Slang.
verb (used with object)
to absent oneself from: to bunk a history class.
verb (used without object)
to run off or away; flee.
do a bunk, to leave hastily, especially under suspicious circumstances; run away.

1865–70; perhaps special use of bunk1 Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
bunk1 (bʌŋk)
1.  a narrow shelflike bed fixed along a wall
2.  short for bunk bed
3.  informal any place where one sleeps
vb (often foll by down)
4.  to prepare to sleep: he bunked down on the floor
5.  (intr) to occupy a bunk or bed
6.  (tr) to provide with a bunk or bed
[C19: probably short for bunker]

bunk2 (bʌŋk)
informal short for bunkum

bunk3 (bʌŋk)
1.  a hurried departure, usually under suspicious circumstances (esp in the phrase do a bunk)
2.  (usually foll by off) to play truant from (school, work, etc)
[C19: perhaps from bunk1 (in the sense: to occupy a bunk, hence a hurried departure, as on a ship)]

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Word Origin & History

"sleeping berth," 1758, probably a shortened from bunker, Scottish for "a seat, bench," of uncertain origin, possibly from a Scandinavian source (cf. O.Swed. bunke "boards used to protect the cargo of a ship").

"nonsense," 1900, short for bunkum, phonetic spelling of Buncombe, a county in North Carolina. The usual story of its origin is this: At the close of the protracted Missouri statehood debates, on Feb. 25, 1820, N.C. Representative Felix Walker began what promised to be a "long, dull, irrelevant speech,"
and he resisted calls to cut it short by saying he was bound to say something that could appear in the newspapers in the home district and prove he was on the job. "I shall not be speaking to the House," he confessed, "but to Buncombe." Bunkum has been Amer.Eng. slang for "nonsense" since 1847.
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