go phut

go phut

Of a machine, to be acting strangely or malfunctioning. Our washer has gone phut, so I'm on my way to the laundromat.

go phut

fail to work properly or at all. informal
Phut is usually considered to be imitative of a dull, abrupt sound, like that made by a rifle or a machine breaking down. In fact, its earliest recorded use is by Rudyard Kipling in the late 19th century, and the context makes it likely that it was an Anglo-Indian word from Hindi and Urdu phatna meaning ‘to burst’.
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It's all a bit pointless because in general modern cars are reliable and don't go phut on a regular basis.
But my light bulbs seem to last about a week before they go phut.
Never mind the fact that your computer might go phut, it's not easy making notes on papier-mache.
MURPHY AT HOME I rather think Murphy lives in our little house, Plainly on mischief bent, He's there although we didn't invite him in, And certainly he pays no rent, The trouble he causes, the things that won't work, Things that go phut, things that go errrk
And their light bulbs didn't go phut at unaccountably frequent intervals.