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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.
See also: hit

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