There are 2 definitions of burton in English:

burton1

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Pronunciation: /ˈbəːt(ə)n
 
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noun

(in phrase go for a burton) British informal
  • Meet with disaster; be ruined, destroyed, or killed: his boat would cut mine in two and I’d go for a burton
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    • And there's where rule Number Three went for a burton.
    • My CD player has gone for a burton; I don't know what on earth is wrong with it.
    • Cardiff's unbeaten start was not the only record to go for a burton.

Origin

Second World War (originally RAF slang): perhaps referring to Burton ale, from Burton upon Trent.

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There are 2 definitions of burton in English:

burton2

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Pronunciation: /ˈbəːt(ə)n
 
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(also burton-tackle)

noun

historical
  • A light two-block tackle for hoisting.
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    • ‘A burton-tackle to the chess tree,’ he called, loud and clear.
    • Gilliatt had barely time to seize the burton tackle.
    • From each steel cap at the apex two steel cables led to the enormous 16-sheave burton tackle whose pendant was geared at 8000-to-1 ratio to a 5-horsepower electric motor winch.

Origin

early 18th century: alteration of Middle English Breton tackle, a nautical term in the same (see Breton).

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