on the blink

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Functioning erratically, malfunctioning; not working or not working well. Usually refers to a mechanical or electronic device.

Etymology:

  • Presumably from an appliance with poor electrical connection blinking from intermittent connection.
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My toaster is on the blink, making either charcoal or cold bread.

Submitted on September 01, 2009

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