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doodlebug1

[dood-l-buhg] /ˈdud lˌbʌg/
noun
1.
the larva of an antlion.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70, Americanism; doodle1 + bug1

doodlebug2

[dood-l-buhg] /ˈdud lˌbʌg/
noun
1.
any of various small, squat vehicles.
2.
a divining rod or similar device supposedly useful in locating underground water, oil, minerals, etc.
3.
British Informal. buzz bomb.
Origin
1865-70; special use of doodlebug1
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  • In corners or other areas where the doodlebug cannot be used, rub area by hand.
British Dictionary definitions for doodlebug

doodlebug

/ˈduːdəlˌbʌɡ/
noun
1.
another name for the V-1
2.
a diviner's rod
3.
a US name for antlion (sense 2)
4.
(US) any of certain insect larvae that resemble the antlion
Word Origin
C20: probably from doodle + bug1
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Slang definitions & phrases for doodlebug

doodlebug

noun
  1. A self-propelled railroad car; a one-car train (1940s+ Railroad)
  2. A small reconnaissance car (WWII armed forces)
  3. A military tank, esp a light tank (WWII armed forces)
  4. A German jet-propelled robot bomb, the V-1 (WWII British armed forces)
  5. A divining rod or other device used for locating underground water, gas, etc (1924+)

[all senses connected with doodlebug, ''the larva of the tiger-beetle or various other insects'']


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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