augered in; augering in; augers in
aviation, informal
: 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

Word History


probably derivative of auger entry 1 (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, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of auger in was in 1944

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“Auger in.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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