hit the buffers

idiom

variants or run into the buffers
British, informal
: to stop or fail
His acting career hit the buffers.
The project ran into the buffers.

Examples of hit the buffers in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Despite the rise of the chain, in 2020 Ann Summers hit the buffers and controversially renegotiated rents via a CVA [similar to Chapter 11 insolvency] but bounced back in 2021, making $7.8 million on sales up over 10% to $113.5 million. Mark Faithfull, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2023 Through no fault of their own, their budgets are out of control and are about to hit the buffers. The Economist, 18 June 2020

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“Hit the buffers.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hit%20the%20buffers. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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