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[bur-tn] /ˈbɜr tn/
Verb phrases
1.
go for a burton, British Slang.
  1. to be lost, missing, or destroyed.
  2. to die.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45; orig. disputed
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British Dictionary definitions for went for burton

burton

/ˈbɜːtən/
noun
1.
(nautical) a kind of light hoisting tackle
2.
(Brit, slang) go for a burton
  1. to be broken, useless, or lost
  2. to die
Word Origin
C15: of uncertain origin

Burton

/ˈbɜːtən/
noun
1.
Sir Richard Francis. 1821–90, English explorer, Orientalist, and writer who discovered Lake Tanganyika with John Speke (1858); produced the first unabridged translation of The Thousand Nights and a Night (1885–88)
2.
Richard, real name Richard Jenkins. 1925–84, Welsh stage and film actor: films include Becket (1964), Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), and Equus (1977)
3.
Robert, pen name Democritus Junior. 1577–1640, English clergyman, scholar, and writer, noted for his Anatomy of Melancholy (1621)
4.
Tim. born 1958, US film director whose work includes Beetlejuice (1988), Batman (1989), Edward Scissorhands (1990), Ed Wood (1994), Corpse Bride (2005), and Alice in Wonderland (2010)
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