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go for a Burton

To fail or become useless; to die. Primarily heard in UK. Well, my plan to go to the beach will go for a Burton if it's supposed to rain all weekend.
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gone for a burton

Having failed or become useless; dead. Primarily heard in UK. Well, my plan to go to the beach is gone for a burton now that it's supposed to rain all weekend.
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go for a Burton

meet with disaster; be ruined, destroyed, or killed.British informal
This phrase first appeared in mid 20th- century air force slang, meaning ‘be killed in a crash’. It has been suggested that it refers to Burton's, the British men's outfitters, or to Burton, a kind of ale, but these are folk etymologies with no definite evidence to support them, and the origin of the phrase remains uncertain.
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And kudos go to a New York State judge, Burton Roberts, who recently rose to his own defense and described criticism from Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and others as "the bleatings of public officials." Roberts got it right when he said: "It was not incumbent upon me to poll public officials to interpret the law for me or to guide me on how I should exercise my constitutional responsibilities and judicial discretion."