Definition of go bush in English:
Australian /NZ Leave one’s usual surroundings; run wild.
[ early 20th cent: by association with the phrase take to the bush, originally said of escaped convicts]
- When the Japanese occupied Salamaua as a base for their bombers to attack Port Moresby, Vial simply went bush, kept watch on the enemy airstrip, and radioed to Port Moresby advance warning of impending air-raids.
- In a similar vein, the 1987 oils by Trevor Moffitt create an epic legend around West Coast farmer Stanley Graham, who in 1941 went bush and became New Zealand's first mass murderer.
- Inevitably some bees escaped the hives and went bush.