1. Act performed by politicians in the day to day business of pretending to govern.
2. Employed in business sector to evoke questions of intellectual capacity, integrity and competence.
3. Smart-alec behavior in any meeting format deemed useless.
Went to a meeting at work today but everyone was just playing silly bugger so I left early.
The Minister of Health was giving a press briefing but it turned out to just be a game of silly bugger while dodging the press questions.
The telemarketer phoned at dinner so I played silly bugger by giving them your information. Hope you don't mind.
Evolving from the term of abuse bugger
, meaning a sodomite
or irritating person. To play 'silly buggers' is to generally act the fool, lark about, waste time or generally mess things up. As illustrated by English band The Bus Station Loonies song "Playing Silly Buggers" (1995).
"They were too busy playing silly buggers to get the job completed in time".
To act the fool. This is not a sexual reference as one might assume.
"Roono and Rosier are playing silly buggers again"