burton

2
[ bur-tn ]
/ ˈbɜr tn /

Verb Phrases

go for a burton, British Slang.
  1. to be lost, missing, or destroyed.
  2. to die.

Origin of burton

2
First recorded in 1940–45; orig. disputed
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British Dictionary definitions for go-burton (1 of 2)

burton

/ (ˈbɜːtən) /

noun

nautical a kind of light hoisting tackle
go for a burton British slang
  1. to be broken, useless, or lost
  2. to die

Word Origin for burton

C15: of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for go-burton (2 of 2)

Burton

/ (ˈbɜːtən) /

noun

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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