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noun Nautical.
  1. any of various small tackles for use on shipboard.
  2. Spanish burton.
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Origin of burton1

1695–1705; probably by metathesis from Breton (takles), Brytton (takles) (late 15th cent.); see Breton, Briton


Verb Phrases
  1. go for a burton, British Slang.
    1. to be lost, missing, or destroyed.
    2. to die.
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Origin of burton2

First recorded in 1940–45; orig. disputed


  1. Harold Hitz [hits] /hɪts/, 1888–1964, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court 1945–58.
  2. Sir RichardRichard Jenkins, 1925–84, English actor, born in Wales.
  3. Sir Richard Francis,1821–90, English explorer, Orientalist, and writer.
  4. RobertDemocritus Junior, 1577–1640, English clergyman and author.
  5. a town in central Michigan.
  6. a male given name.
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  1. nautical a kind of light hoisting tackle
  2. go for a burton British slang
    1. to be broken, useless, or lost
    2. to die
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Word Origin

C15: of uncertain origin


  1. 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)
  2. 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)
  3. Robert, pen name Democritus Junior . 1577–1640, English clergyman, scholar, and writer, noted for his Anatomy of Melancholy (1621)
  4. 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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