on the blink
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Presumably from an appliance with poor electrical connection blinking from intermittent connection.
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- (idiomatic) functioning erratically, malfunctioning; not working or not working well. Usually refers to a mechanical or electrical device.
- My toaster is on the blink, making either charcoal or cold bread.
- I'm so tired, I haven't slept a wink / I'm so tired, my mind is on the blink
- (malfunctioning): on the fritz