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kaput

[kah-poo t, -poot, kuh-] /kɑˈpʊt, -ˈput, kə-/
adjective, Slang.
1.
ruined; done for; demolished.
2.
unable to operate or continue:
The washing machine is suddenly kaput.
Idioms
3.
go kaput, to cease functioning; break down:
The old car finally went kaput.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; < German: orig. trickless (in game of piquet) < French (être) capot (to be) without tricks, i.e., make zero score
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British Dictionary definitions for go kaput

kaput

/kæˈpʊt/
adjective
1.
(postpositive) (informal) ruined, broken, or not functioning
Word Origin
C20: from German kaputt done for, from French être capot to have made no tricks (literally: to be hoodwinked), from capot hooded cloak
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Word Origin and History for go kaput
kaput
1895, "finished, worn out, dead," from Ger. kaputt, probably a misunderstanding of the phrase capot machen, a partial translation of Fr. faire capot, a phrase meaning "lose all the tricks in piquet," an obsolete card game, from Fr. capot, lit. "cover, bonnet."
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Slang definitions & phrases for go kaput

kaput

adjective

Inoperative; ineffective; finished: I would be ''kaput'' without a folding machete/ Only sixteen of us. After that, kapoot

[1914+; fr echoic-symbolic German slang]


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