One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
verb[WITH OBJECT]usually as adjective banjaxed
Ruin, incapacitate, or break.‘the kettle's banjaxed’
wreck, ruin, spoil, disrupt, undo, upset, play havoc with, make a mess of, put an end to, end, bring to an end, put a stop to, terminate, prevent, frustrate, blight, crush, quell, quash, dash, scotch, shatter, vitiate, blast, devastate, demolish, sabotage, torpedoView synonyms
- ‘I'm definitely going to have to get something done about my teeth, because they're banjaxed.’
- ‘Come into work feeling like an idiot, go straight up to the person in charge of you and explain that your alarm clock was banjaxed or something.’
- ‘That's where nearly all of Galway city and county gets their drinking water and if that gets polluted, we're banjaxed.’
- ‘But the logic is it is that unless we are all participating then we are banjaxed.’
- ‘Many of the best experiences of my life, as well as some of the worst, have come about as a result of my being banjaxed.’
1930s: originally Anglo-Irish, of unknown origin.
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