Is this an American way of saying the battery is running out of power? Would you please explain why it is "juice"?
Are there other colloquial ways of saying a battery is empty?
Thank you very much.
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Can't help you with the American side of things.
I've always talked about a battery going flat
a flat battery = it has no charge
We can say - the battery is going flat
the battery is gone flat.
the battery has gone flat
Sometimes you will hear - the battery is going
the battery is dying
The battery is dead - is also used when no charge is left
Oh yes, a flat battery. Thanks optilang.
Nowadays, with so many rechargeable batteries everywhere, in mobile phones, bluetooth headsets, notebooks, toys, etc., I myself tend to say a battery is dead only when it can no longer be recharged but must be replaced. But perhaps it's just me. What do you think?
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Hi Pter,

One of the American form howto say that the battery runned out is : "Battery's cashed."

Battery's cashed? LOL. If you don't tell me, I would mistake that for a typo of "crashed" if I ever come across it!
Wait a minute! Is it really a typo?

Cashed: when something... -is gone/run out

No it's not. I'm sorry that I answered to your question..Emotion: sad I'll never do it again..:-)


I heard it in a movie, where a driver saw a woman who has a problem with her car. He tried to fix up the car engine, but he said at the end:

Battery is cashed. I'll need to hit this baby up. (I'll tow your car).
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I'd say "juice" is just a euphamism for electricity or power.

"Give it some more juice" means to apply more power.

I guess I can remember hearing something about a battery running out of juice. (You know, back in the Stone Ages when I was growing up, once a battery was dead, it was dead. There was no rechargning.)

I'd say "dying" is far more common. My battery's dying... let me call you back. My battery's almost dead -- I'm going to lose you in a minute.

I've never heard either cashed or crashed for a battery.
JCDentonI'm sorry that I answered to your question.
Hi JC,
Thank you very much indeed. Why sorry? Did I say sometime that caused misunderstanding again? I took your word for it and that "LOL" was just an expression of surprise. I was surprised by how flexible the English language is. I meant I won't recognise this usage if you didn't tell me. The "typo" question was added later after I googled for "battery crashed" and found more results than "battery cashed". As I am not a native speaker, I may not have a chance to hear such usage. I learn most of my English by reading books, online materials and also movies. But you know, I won't have the chance to get in touch with a significant part of colloquial usages.
Thank you again and I hope you would answer any of my questions whenever you like. Emotion: smile
Grammar Geek I've never heard either cashed or crashed for a battery...

Hi GG,

Actually you can find it at some phorums concerned about cars.

..Of course I'm not American...:-). So I don't know how often it is being used in your normal life, but I heard it in an american movie and as you can see it's being used at some phorums concerned cars. Even by US native speakers. But me personally, I would definitely use "battery is gone" or "battery was dead".

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