There are 2 main definitions of burton in English:

burton1

Line breaks: bur¦ton
Pronunciation: /ˈbəːt(ə)n/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

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

Origin

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

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There are 2 main definitions of burton in English:

burton2

Syllabification: bur·ton
Pronunciation: /ˈbərtn
 
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(also burton-tackle)

noun

chiefly historical
A light two-block tackle for hoisting.
More example sentences
  • ‘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 sense (see Breton).

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