- (Britain, originally Ireland, slang) To ruin or destroy.
1928, Eimar O'Duffy, The Spacious Adventures of the Man in the Street, Macmillan, page 370:
- Indeed, it seemed that the army was hopelessly banjaxed.
1970, Edna O'Brien, A Pagan Place, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, published 2001, page 91:
- Emma had suggested that you hide, said your presence might banjax her position.
2006, Craig Ferguson, Between the Bridge and the River, Chronicle Books, page 252:
- Fraser was looking at the flat, wet countryside and thinking about the French policeman who had banjaxed him with the truncheon.
- For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:banjax.
To ruin or destroy
banjax (plural banjaxes)
- (chiefly Ireland, informal) A mess or undesirable situation made as a result of incompetence.
1922, Seán O'Casey, Juno and the Paycock:
- I'm tellin' you the scholar, Bentham, made a banjax o' th' Will.
- ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 2013.