One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a machine) not working properly; out of order.‘the computer's on the blink’
damaged, faulty, defective, unsoundView synonyms
- ‘Nowadays when your solid-state, instant-on color TV goes on the blink, you phone the TV repairman for an appointment.’
- ‘If the washing machine goes on the blink it has to be winched on to the ferry and it's gone for a fortnight.’
- ‘It also had the effect of making visitors think their monitor was on the blink.’
- ‘I opt for a full breakfast in my room - it arrives piping hot - the only hitch being that the cappuccino machine (there's one in each villa) is on the blink.’
- ‘The traffic lights operated correctly last week but come Sunday morning they were dangerously on the blink again, changing colour with bewildering rapidity.’
- ‘The chip fat filtering machine went on the blink and a manager decided to cut corners.’
- ‘In exasperation Alan finally said: ‘Either there's something wrong with your modem or your computer's on the blink.’’
- ‘The home air-conditioner is on the blink and the AC repairman charged $200 just to drive over and tell me he needed to order parts.’
- ‘Residents of a ‘sister’ tower block to the one where tenants have been waiting since January for lift repairs say their elevators are now on the blink.’
- ‘But it's the relatively trivial things which are the most maddening and frustrating - TVs conking out, ovens going on the blink, computers crashing.’
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