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red-ring

verb; zero derivation
to experience a critical malfunction that renders a piece of electronic hardware inoperable
 
"My 360 just red-ringed for the third time this week"
Etymology : The term "red ring" originated with the Xbox 360 video game console, which was notoriously unreliable in the early days of its life cycle. When the system failed, it displayed three flashing red lights in a broken circle on its front panel. Before long, this term underwent conversion to mean the act of experiencing the critical malfunction that caused the lights' appearance. Recently, the term has undergone widening or generalization to refer to any kind of electronic failure rather than merely Xbox 360s. The term is still largely limited to the gaming community, however.
Source : High school friend, October 2008
Last modified: 30 November 2008


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