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- (Singapore, colloquial, informal) Boring or having nothing to do.
1996, Leong Siew Mei, “Government system should be more tightly controlled”, in soc.culture.singapore, retrieved 2016-04-01:
- This guy damn bo-liao. As though I got time to entertain you.
1999, Steven Tan, “Petition against M1 charging for SMS”, in soc.culture.singapore, retrieved 2016-04-01:
- I had a friend who would SMS me the most bo liao messages. I’m glad it’s stopped now.
2013, Airstrike, “13 school websites defaced by hacker who signed off as 'Jack Riderr'”, in Stomp (Singapore), retrieved 2016-04-01:
- Can’t they do something more meaningful? Doing such things is called ‘bo liao‘ (nothing better to do).
2015, Derek Lim, “Random thoughts: Too iron teeth in my work?”, in thefinance.sg, retrieved 2016-04-01:
- Having to manage that part is rather ‘bo liao’ and I felt my limited energy can be better served somewhere.
Carries a negative connotation with allusion to the cause of nosy or meddlesome behaviour. Most common in speech and electronic media.