go for a burton

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Originated in the RAF in World War II. Unknown beyond that, but may have some association with beer.

Verb[edit]

go for a burton

  1. (UK, of a person) To be killed
  2. (UK, of a person or object) to be lost, spoiled or destroyed.

References[edit]

  • "Go for a burton" in Michael Quinion, Ballyhoo, Buckaroo, and Spuds, 2004.