[ bur-tn ]
/ ˈbɜr tn /
go for a burton, British Slang.
- to be lost, missing, or destroyed.
- to die.
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Origin of burton2
First recorded in 1940–45; orig. disputed
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British Dictionary definitions for go-burton (1 of 2)
/ (ˈbɜːtən) /
nautical a kind of light hoisting tackle
go for a burton British slang
- to be broken, useless, or lost
- to die
Word Origin for burton
C15: of uncertain origin
British Dictionary definitions for go-burton (2 of 2)
/ (ˈbɜːtən) /
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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