auger in

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

auger + in: the plane is metaphorically drilling into the ground.

Verb[edit]

auger in ‎(third-person singular simple present augers in, present participle augering in, simple past and past participle augered in)

  1. (military, aviation, euphemistic) To crash catastrophically into the ground.
    The pilot lost pitch control and the jet augered in.