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bunk4

[buhngk] /bʌŋk/
verb (used with object)
1.
to absent oneself from:
to bunk a history class.
verb (used without object)
2.
to run off or away; flee.
Idioms
3.
do a bunk, to leave hastily, especially under suspicious circumstances; run away.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70; perhaps special use of bunk1
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British Dictionary definitions for do a bunk

bunk1

/bʌŋk/
noun
1.
a narrow shelflike bed fixed along a wall
2.
short for bunk bed
3.
(informal) any place where one sleeps
verb
4.
(intransitive) often foll by down. to prepare to sleep he bunked down on the floor
5.
(intransitive) to occupy a bunk or bed
6.
(transitive) to provide with a bunk or bed
Word Origin
C19: probably short for bunker

bunk2

/bʌŋk/
noun
1.
(informal) short for bunkum (sense 1)

bunk3

/bʌŋk/
noun
1.
a hurried departure, usually under suspicious circumstances (esp in the phrase do a bunk)
verb
2.
(usually foll by off) to play truant from (school, work, etc)
Word Origin
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 and History for do a bunk

bunk

n.

"sleeping berth," 1758, probably a shortened form of bunker (n.) in its sense "seat." Bunk-bed (n.) attested by 1869.

"nonsense," 1900, short for bunkum, phonetic spelling of Buncombe, a county in North Carolina. The usual story (by 1841) of its origin is this: At the close of the protracted Missouri statehood debates, supposedly on Feb. 25, 1820, N.C. Representative Felix Walker (1753-1828) 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 American English slang for "nonsense" since 1841 (from 1838 as generic for "a U.S. Representative's home district").

MR. WALKER, of North Carolina, rose then to address the Committee on the question [of Missouri statehood]; but the question was called for so clamorously and so perseveringly that Mr. W. could proceed no farther than to move that the committee rise. [Annals of Congress, House of Representatives, 16th Congress, 1st Session, p. 1539]

v.

"to sleep in a bunk," 1840, originally nautical, from bunk (n.1). Related: Bunked; bunking.

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Slang definitions & phrases for do a bunk

bunk

noun

Nonsense; pretentious talk; baloney, bullshit (1900+)

verb

To cheat; defraud; bunco: couldn't possibly have done a better job of bunking the American people (1870s+)

[fr the explanation by a 1800s politician that his extraordinary statements were meant only for his constituents in Buncombe County, North Carolina]


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