go for a burton

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Etymology[edit]

Originated in the RAF in World War II. Unknown beyond that, but may have some association with beer. One version is that it was from a series of ads for Burton's beer which showed a group of people with one missing and the tag line "He's gone for a Burton".

Verb[edit]

go for a burton (third-person singular simple present goes for a burton, present participle going for a burton, simple past went for a burton, past participle gone for a burton)

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

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