conk out

phrasal verb

conked out; conking out; conks out
of a machine : to stop working properly
My car's engine conked out this morning.
: to fall asleep
I conked out on the sofa last night.

Examples of conk out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The vehicle suffered a number of problems on that flight; several of its 33 first-stage Raptor engines conked out early, for example, and its two stages — the Super Heavy booster and Starship upper stage — failed to separate as planned. Mike Wall, Scientific American, 20 Nov. 2023 Besides, his fancy phone has mimicked its owner and conks out every now and again. Han Ong, The New Yorker, 16 Oct. 2023 If a race car conks out on the course, it’s retrieved by sturdy Land Rover tow trucks of the era. Bob Sorokanich, Robb Report, 17 Sep. 2023 Oh, and the air conditioning in one of the agency’s buildings had conked out and needed to be fixed. Rachel Feintzeig, WSJ, 7 Aug. 2023 His buddy in the basketball jersey is in the back seat, conked out. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 28 July 2023 Such is the bleak experience of some rare but unlucky New Yorkers in this especially steamy season: sweltering inside a subway car whose air conditioning has conked out. Lola Fadulu, New York Times, 16 July 2023 Maybe she’s just conked out asleep and forgot to text. Anne Lagamayo, Longreads, 11 May 2023 Look at just the most recent headlines: last week, on Marathon Monday, the T shut down service on part of the Green Line in the middle of one of the biggest sporting events of the year because a train conked out in a tunnel. Sean P. Murphy,, 25 Apr. 2023 See More

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“Conk out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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