- any of various small tackles for use on shipboard.
- Spanish burton.
Origin of burton1
- go for a burton, British Slang.
- to be lost, missing, or destroyed.
- to die.
Origin of burton2
First recorded in 1940–45; orig. disputed
- Harold Hitz [hits] /hɪts/, 1888–1964, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1945–58.
- Sir RichardRichard Jenkins, 1925–84, English actor, born in Wales.
- Sir Richard Francis,1821–90, English explorer, Orientalist, and writer.
- RobertDemocritus Junior, 1577–1640, English clergyman and author.
- a town in central Michigan.
- a male given name.
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Examples from the Web for burton
The Daily Beast sat down with Burton to discuss Big Eyes and his beautiful, dark, twisted career.Tim Burton Talks ‘Big Eyes,’ His Taste For the Macabre, and the ‘Beetlejuice’ Sequel
December 17, 2014
Whatever the reason, Burton was committed enough to leave tiny Bunker Hill to seek out her beau.
Down a one-lane gravel road sits the house Burton left seven years ago.
He is “the most famous guy in the world,” Burton, who goes by Star, told Rolling Stone.
They abandoned the design by the highly regarded architects Ahrends, Burton & Koralek.Imagining Prince Charles as King Makes All of Britain Wish They Could Leave Like Scotland
September 17, 2014
Mr. and Mrs. Saylor went to Louisville and to see Mr. Burton.Chit-Chat; Nirvana; The Searchlight
Mathew Joseph Holt
This book he sold to buy Burton's "Historical Collections" in forty volumes.Benjamin Franklin
Paul Elmer More
"Come down, Burton; here's a youth for matriculation," cried the younger.Confessions Of Con Cregan
Charles James Lever
The door opened, and Mr. Burton came in, dressed in a fisherman's suit.
"Well, you mustn't be vexed with me, Mrs. Burton," Ludlow replied to her.The Coast of Bohemia
William Dean Howells
- nautical a kind of light hoisting tackle
- go for a burton British slang
- to be broken, useless, or lost
- to die
C15: of uncertain origin
- Sir Richard Francis . 1821–90, English explorer, Orientalist, and writer who discovered Lake Tanganyika with John Speke (1858); produced the first unabridged translation of The Thousand Nights and a Night (1885–88)
- Richard, real name Richard Jenkins . 1925–84, Welsh stage and film actor: films include Becket (1964), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), and Equus (1977)
- Robert, pen name Democritus Junior . 1577–1640, English clergyman, scholar, and writer, noted for his Anatomy of Melancholy (1621)
- Tim. born 1958, US film director whose work includes Beetlejuice (1988), Batman (1989), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Ed Wood (1994), Corpse Bride (2005), and Alice in Wonderland (2010)
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