On-the-blink Definition

adjective

(idiomatic) Functioning erratically, malfunctioning; not working or not working well. Usually refers to a mechanical or electrical device.

My toaster is on the blink, making either charcoal or cold bread.
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Origin of On-the-blink

  • Presumably from an appliance with poor electrical connection blinking from intermittent connection, or from a flickering TV screen.

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