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To stop working (of a piece of equipment) - thesaurus


break down

if a machine or vehicle breaks down, it stops working

go off

if something such as a light or an electricity supply goes off, it stops working or being available

shut off

if a machine shuts off, or if someone shuts it off, it stops working

run down

if something such as a machine or clock runs down, or if you run it down, it gradually stops working because it has no power



to no longer work, or to cause something to no longer work



if a piece of equipment breaks, or if you break it, it stops working correctly because a part of it is damaged

burn out

if a piece of electrical equipment burns out, or if it is burned out, it gets too hot and stops working



if something such as a machine or an organ in your body fails, it no longer works correctly

cut out

if an engine or machine cuts out, it suddenly stops working

go down

computing if something such as a computer or an electrical system goes down, it stops working for a period of time

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back up

if a system backs up, or if it is backed up, it has slowed down or stopped working because there is too much of something for it to deal with



if something electrical blows, it stops working, usually because too much electricity has passed through it

blow a fuse

to make the fuse in electrical equipment operate and make the equipment stop working

blow a gasket

if a machine blows a gasket, too much pressure inside breaks a gasket and causes liquid or gas to come out

conk out

informal to suddenly stop working



informal to stop operating



if something such as a lock or a machine freezes, or if something freezes it, it gets stuck and cannot move



physicsBritish if a piece of electrical equipment fuses, or if someone fuses it, it stops working when a thin piece of wire in it breaks because there is too much electricity flowing through it

give out

if something such as a machine or a part of your body gives out, it stops working

give up the ghost

if a car or other machine gives up the ghost, it stops working completely

go down

if lights go down, especially in a theatre or cinema, they gradually become less bright and are switched off

go funny

to stop working correctly

go haywire

to stop working or behaving correctly

go phut

British to stop working suddenly

go wrong

used when something stops working



if a machine, lock, window etc jams, it does not work because something stops it from moving

keel over

to suddenly stop working correctly

pack up

Britishinformal if a machine or piece of equipment packs up, it stops working

seize up

to suddenly stop moving or working properly

shut down

if a machine or computer shuts down, or if someone shuts it down, it stops operating



to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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Dunning-Kruger effect

the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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