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knackered (2) British and Australian English

Meaning: severely damaged

For example:

  • My car is knackered. I was driving home last night when it coughed and spluttered and started smoking, and then it groaned and died.

  • My printer was fine yesterday, but when I turned it on this morning, nothing happened. I think it's knackered.

Variety: This slang is typically used in British and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

If something is totally knackered, you should probably
  1. get rid of it
  2. clean it
  3. feed it

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