hit the buffers

hit the buffers

To stop; to cease all progress. Primarily heard in UK. My plan to cook dinner hit the buffers when I realized we had no food in the cupboard.
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hit the buffers

BRITISH, JOURNALISM
If something such as an idea, plan, or project hits the buffers, it experiences difficulties which cause it to fail. Their plans may not get very far before they hit the buffers. With a little luck Sebastien could also have achieved sporting fame, but sadly his promising soccer career hit the buffers early on. Note: Buffers are barriers at the end of a railway track.
See also: hit

hit the ˈbuffers

(informal) if a plan, somebody’s career, etc. hits the buffers, it suddenly stops being successful: His big ideas for expanding the business hit the buffers yesterday when the board of directors rejected his proposals.
Buffers are two round metal devices on the front or end of a train, or at the end of a railway/railroad track, that reduce the shock if the train hits something.
See also: hit
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Train set maker Hornby has hit the buffers after losses ballooned.
THE new boss of B&Q owner Kingfisher will present her strategy for the business at its full-year results presentation tomorrow, just days after fears emerged that its [euro]275m (PS202m) acquisition of France's Mr Bricolage has hit the buffers.
EDINBURGH'S Euro campaign hit the buffers at Murrayfield as they were snuffed out by slick and streetwise English giants Gloucester.
So if HS2 is to hit the buffers it should be on the grounds of cost, not because of cold feet.
In years of austerity we cannot afford to hit the buffers yet again.
We are urgently in need of common sense or even a government of national salvation before we finally hit the buffers.
The long-awaited Kenilworth Greenway, linking Abbey Fields to Warwick University and Berkswell village, looked set to hit the buffers two years ago when funding for a connecting bridge dried up.
Well have hit the buffers with three straight defeats and dropped from top to sixth.
Capaldi's career hit the buffers after he criticised his club Morecambe on Twitter and he didn't play for 14 months.
GATESHEAD Thunder's Northern Rail Cup hopes hit the buffers as they fell 44-18 at Whitehaven.
The Foxes swoop for Hull's manager hit the buffers last week because of a row over compensation between the two Championship rivals.
The Wrexham & Shropshire Railway Company service to London Marylebone, which called at Wolverhampton and Tame Bridge in Walsall, hit the buffers in February because of financial pressures.
As the Welsh Premier's in-form team, Neath have now taken 19 point out of a possible 21, while Airbus have seen their top six ambitions hit the buffers.
Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson then announced her two-year marriage to Ryan Reynolds had hit the buffers.
Thomas Dahner, 35, had passed all physical tests and exams with ease but his bid to join the force hit the buffers when, during his medical examination, medics discovered that he underwent a sex change op 15 years ago.