augered in; augering in; augers in

Definition of auger 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

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First Known Use of auger in

1944, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for auger in

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)

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