bugging bugging  /ˈbə ɡɪŋ/


  1. (n) general term for any insect or similar creeping or crawling invertebrate
  2. (n) a fault or defect in a computer program, system, or machine
  3. (n) a small hidden microphone; for listening secretly
  4. (n) insects with sucking mouthparts and forewings thickened and leathery at the base; usually show incomplete metamorphosis
  5. (n) a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use
  6. (v) annoy persistently
  7. (v) tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information


  1. The FBI's bugging has increased sharply, from just 90 court-approved requests in 1982 to more than 150 in each of the past two years.
  2. Yet for all of this, Johnson sometimes denounced bugging as if it were original sin.


  1. VERNIE GLASSON: Has anyone else noticed the state budget naysayers?

    Something is “bugging me,” and I wonder if anyone else gets “bugged” as I do? That is, too many activist groups and so-called think tanks get the media’s attention by being naysayers!
    on June 21, 2013     Source: The Tomball Potpourri

  2. Johnny Manziel Was All Pissed Off Because Of A Parking Ticket

    When Johnny Manziel said something something on Twitter something something bullshit something something he can't wait to leave College Station something something, the world wanted to know what was bugging him before he deleted his words. Is he eager to try to make money in the pros? Is he tired of dealing with his many hangers-on? Are there not enough quality food options in the Texas A&M ...
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Deadspin

  3. Mayflies a bother in Lorain

    LORAIN — Something bugging you?
    on June 18, 2013     Source: The Morning Journal


  1. "I got frustrated and I apologize," Owens told the NFL Network. "It was a situation where he kept bugging me and getting in my face."
    on Dec 18, 2006 By: Terrell Owens Source: Reuters Canada

  2. "There was no bugging of locker rooms," Goodell said. "There was no manipulation of communication systems. There was no crowd noise violations anywhere that he was aware of. No miking of players to pick up opposing signals or audibles."
    on May 13, 2008 By: Roger Goodell Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "I knew a couple of months ago I was going to have the surgery," Woods said. "The knee has been bugging me for a while. The only decision was do you miss the Masters or play in the Masters? I decided to play. Even if I had won, I still would...
    on Apr 25, 2008 By: Tiger Wood Source: USA Today

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