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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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The A Word BBC1, 9pm DRAMA Maurice and Louise's relationship hits the buffers as she starts treatment.
Stringing the caller along until the conversation hits the buffers, I have to tell him I don't have a computer.
Comment OF THE DAY SO common sense finally prevails and the Edinburgh tram project hits the buffers with the announcement that the line will stop at Haymarket.
Long-haired Robbie sings at weddings for a living but his own love story hits the buffers when he is jilted at the altar by his pretty blonde girl and his next fancy seems out of reach because she is about to marry a wealthy Wall Street businessman.
Otherwise the 23-year-old striker, nicknamed Chucho, will find his career at St Andrew's hits the buffers when his loan deal from Mexican club Santos Llaguna runs out in May.
THE Fat Controllers running train services between London and Edinburgh have axed 750 jobs as business hits the buffers.
The Garden Festival site has been empty and derelict for more than a decade and every project announced for the redevelopment of this key site hits the buffers, this time because local residents have a major issue with what they see as "yuppie" flats.
The sooner it hits the buffers the better it will be for we taxpayers.