play silly buggers

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play silly buggers (third-person singular simple present plays silly buggers, present participle playing silly buggers, simple past and past participle played silly buggers)

  1. (British, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, idiomatic) To act in a stupid or reckless manner.
    • 1982, Douglas Adams, Life, the Universe and Everything, page 95:
      "Look," he said, "it's just fate playing silly buggers with you. With me. With us. It's a complete coincidence."