Definition of auger in
: 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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