in phrase go for a burtonMeet with disaster; be ruined, destroyed, or killed.
- ‘his boat would cut mine in two and I'd go for a burton’
Second World War (originally RAF slang): perhaps referring to Burton ale, from Burton upon Trent.
A light two-block tackle for hoisting.‘‘A burton-tackle to the chess tree,’ he called, loud and clear.’
- ‘Gilliatt had barely time to seize the burton tackle.’
- ‘From each steel cap at the apex two steel cables led to the enormous 16-sheave burton tackle whose pendant was geared at 8000-to-1 ratio to a 5-horsepower electric motor winch.’
- ‘The shrouds and back-stays are first cast off, and the mast-head got as far forward as nearly to touch the fore-part of the partners, by the runners and tackles or burtons of the mizenmast.’
Early 18th century alteration of Middle English Breton tackle, a nautical term in the same (see Breton).