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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]
Example sentences
  • 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.
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