auger in

intransitive verb

Definition of auger in

augered in

;

augering in

;

augers in

aviation, informal

  1. :  to crash catastrophically Kinch went into a tumble during his record flight and came out of it at low altitude, as Yeager had done. That was just twenty days before Mel Apt augered in. — Tom Wolfe, The Right Stuff, 1979 The plane flipped upside down and augered in, killing him. — Dan McKinnon, Rescue Pilot, 2002

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Origin and Etymology of auger in

probably derivative of 1auger (if originally from the notion that a propeller aircraft flying straight into the ground would excavate a hole as if it were an auger)


First Known Use: 1944


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