conk out

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conk out

vb (intr, adverb)
1. (General Engineering) (of machines, cars, etc) to fail suddenly
2. to tire suddenly or collapse, as from exhaustion
[C20: of uncertain origin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.conk out - stop operating or functioning; "The engine finally went"; "The car died on the road"; "The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town"; "The coffee maker broke"; "The engine failed on the way to town"; "her eyesight went after the accident"
change - undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"
break - render inoperable or ineffective; "You broke the alarm clock when you took it apart!"
croak, decease, die, drop dead, buy the farm, cash in one's chips, give-up the ghost, kick the bucket, pass away, perish, snuff it, pop off, expire, conk, exit, choke, go, pass - pass from physical life and lose all bodily attributes and functions necessary to sustain life; "She died from cancer"; "The children perished in the fire"; "The patient went peacefully"; "The old guy kicked the bucket at the age of 102"
go down, crash - stop operating; "My computer crashed last night"; "The system goes down at least once a week"
blow out, burn out, blow - melt, break, or become otherwise unusable; "The lightbulbs blew out"; "The fuse blew"
misfire - fail to fire or detonate; "The guns misfired"
malfunction, misfunction - fail to function or function improperly; "the coffee maker malfunctioned"
2.conk out - use up all one's strength and energy and stop working; "At the end of the march, I pooped out"
fatigue, jade, tire, weary, pall - lose interest or become bored with something or somebody; "I'm so tired of your mother and her complaints about my food"


1. Slang. The uppermost part of the body:
2. Slang. A sudden sharp, powerful stroke:
Informal: bash, biff, bop, clip, wallop.
Slang: belt, paste.
Slang. To deliver a powerful blow to suddenly and sharply:
Informal: biff, bop, clip, wallop.
Slang: belt, paste.
Idioms: let someone have it, sock it to someone.
phrasal verb
conk out
1. Slang. To cease functioning properly:
2. Slang. To suddenly lose all health or strength:
Informal: crack up.
Idiom: give way.

w>conk out

vi (inf)es aufstecken (inf), → den Geist aufgeben; (person, = faint) → umkippen (inf); (= die)ins Gras beißen (inf)

conk out

[ˌkɒŋkˈaʊt] vi + adv (fam) (break down) → rompersi
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The British Medical Association claim we must pay more for our booze or our livers will soon conk out, but that's a small price to pay for revelry.
Probably just a coincidence that the limo chose that very moment to conk out.
If dealing with an unexploded bomb wasn't hairy enough, try it with a battery that may conk out in the middle of the job.