Main definitions of burton in English

: burton1burton2

burton1

noun

British
informal
  • Meet with disaster; be ruined, destroyed, or killed.

    ‘his boat would cut mine in two and I'd go for a burton’
    • ‘This weekend's long run has gone for a burton courtesy of a trip to the Azores tomorrow.’
    • ‘And there's where rule Number Three went for a burton.’
    • ‘Cardiff's unbeaten start was not the only record to go for a burton.’
    • ‘Someone would say ‘Bill Smith went for a burton last night’.’
    • ‘My CD player has gone for a burton; I don't know what on earth is wrong with it.’

Origin

Second World War (originally RAF slang): perhaps referring to Burton ale, from Burton upon Trent.

Pronunciation:

burton

/ˈbəːt(ə)n/

Main definitions of burton in English

: burton1burton2

burton2

(also burton-tackle)

noun

historical
  • A light two-block tackle for hoisting.

    • ‘The shrouds and back-stays are first cast off, and the mast-head got as far forward as nearly to touch the fore-part of the partners, by the runners and tackles or burtons of the mizenmast.’
    • ‘Gilliatt had barely time to seize the burton tackle.’
    • ‘From each steel cap at the apex two steel cables led to the enormous 16-sheave burton tackle whose pendant was geared at 8000-to-1 ratio to a 5-horsepower electric motor winch.’
    • ‘‘A burton-tackle to the chess tree,’ he called, loud and clear.’

Origin

Early 18th century: alteration of Middle English Breton tackle, a nautical term in the same (see Breton).

Pronunciation:

burton

/ˈbəːt(ə)n/