What Does MBO Mean?

MBO means "Must Be Off" and "Management Buyout."

Must Be Off

The abbreviation MBO is used with the meaning "Must Be Off" as an informal way to close a conversation. MBO typically implies that the sender is late or in a hurry.

Management Buyout

MBO is also used with the meaning "Management Buyout." In this context it is a business term used to describe a form of acquisition by which a company's managers purchase a large part or all of the company.

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When I write MBO, I mean this:

meaning of MBO

MBO also means "Management Buyout."

Summary of Key Points

First Definition for MBO

MBO means "Must Be Off." This is the most common definition for MBO on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and X (Twitter).
Definition:Must Be Off
Guessability:guessability level 2
2: Quite easy to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Second Definition for MBO

This meaning was also noted:
Definition:Management Buyout
Guessability:guessability level 4
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:typical user

Adults and Teenagers

Here are examples of MBO being used in conversations:
  • Kate: Have a slice of my marmalade and kipper cake.
  • Sue: I've just remembered I'm supposed to be somewhere. MBO!
  • (Here MBO means "Must Be Off.")
  • Jo: The board are considering an offer from the office staff to buy the company.
  • Jim: If they can negotiate an MBO it should be good news for you.
  • (Here MBO means "Management Buyout.")

An Academic Look at MBO

Whether used with the meaning "Must Be Off" or "Management Buyout," MBO is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "Em Bee Oh"). Therefore, it is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

When used to mean "Must Be Off," MBO is typically used as a standalone declarative sentence (i.e., a statement). It is not normally used as another part of speech within a wider sentence.

What Did We Say before Texting and Social Media?

Before the digital era, we would have just said "Must Be Off" or "Management Buyout" instead of using the abbreviation MBO.

Example of MBO Used in a Text


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