One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Break down; fail or go bankrupt.
- ‘The slide projector who on Earth uses slides nowadays?! went bung and Bordwell fielded a few questions from the audience.’
- ‘Gee I hope the tube isn't going bung!’
- ‘According to the opposition, the economy is about to go bung, and the streets will soon be full of former merchant bankers holding signs that say ‘will lick paths clean for food.’’
- ‘My career goes bung.’
- ‘The left one went bung earlier in the year, and has not mended as expected (and a cataract has formed), so she's doing it pretty hard, and so is Dad.’
- ‘This tank doesn't have CO2 and no heaters to go bung.’
- ‘The word found its way into nineteenth-century Australian pidgin, where the phrase to go bung meant ‘to die’.’
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