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burton 1

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

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(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
More example sentences
  • 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.


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

Words that rhyme with burton

curtain, uncertain
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There are 2 main definitions of burton in English:

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burton 2 Syllabification: bur·ton
Pronunciation: /ˈbərtn/
(also burton-tackle)


chiefly historical
A light two-block tackle for hoisting.
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.


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

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