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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

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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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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Superfluous to say so, you may think, but curiously - and this is particularly true of Rubython's recent work - biographies of Burton seldom give much space to his acting at all.
The constant refrain that Burton left the stage was, in any case, untrue.
While reading about the Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton love affair and their two marriages and divorces (to and from each other) in Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, And the Marriage of the Century (Illustrated, Harper/HarperCollins Publishers, 500 pages, $27.
Taylor got more than she bargained for as Cleopatra, though, when she and Burton began their love affair, which would record very public ups and downs from their meeting in 1962 until Burton s death in 1984.
Irene Burton spoke about her son, in college in North Carolina.
Irene Burton had given her personal phone number to several representatives with the promise to obtain any MS-related information they might need.
Whether garbed as a pilgrim for his secret entry into the haram or publishing ribald tomes under fanciful noms de plume, Burton reveled in subterfuge.
Kennedy arranges his study with respect to the different roles Burton played in his long and astonishing career: "gypsy" orientalist, explorer, and sexologist.
There was the recurring theme of a bargain with the devil, as Burton punctuates his reminiscence with quotes from Marlowe's Dr Faustus.
Richard Jenkins, as Burton was born, did not end up in the Welsh mines 'turning to coal dust' as his brothers had done.
One might note that Seelig here downplays distinctions between verse and prose forms, just as her pairing of Sterne with Burton downplays distinctions between fiction and non-fiction.