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go west

1. Of a person, to die. When I go west, I don't want any elaborate funeral services in my honor, OK?
2. Of a machine, to stop working. Can you get a new coffee pot while you’re at the mall? Ours has finally gone west.
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go west

Die, as in He declared he wasn't ready to go west just yet. This expression has been ascribed to a Native American legend that a dying man goes to meet the setting sun. However, it was first recorded in a poem of the early 1300s: "Women and many a willful man, As wind and water have gone west."
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go west

OLD-FASHIONED
1. When someone goes west, they die. When he went west, he wanted to be remembered.
2. When something goes west, it stops existing or working. His hopes of a professional singing career went west long ago. Note: The sun `goes west' when it sinks below the horizon in the west at the end of the day. The comparison between going west and dying has been used in many different languages and cultures for many centuries. For example, people sometimes associate this expression with Native Americans, who used to say that a dying person went west to meet the sinking sun.
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go west

be killed or lost; meet with disaster. British informal
The image here is of the sun setting in the west at the end of the day.
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go West

in. to die. When I go West, I want flowers, hired mourners, and an enormous performance of Mozart’s “Requiem.”
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The Cherokee was going north when it collided with the Thunderbird going west on Raymer.
Garcia had been riding against traffic on the edge of the pavement going west, deputies said.
Whenever we'd stop for gas, all we heard was people talking about going west.
The truck swerved through some bushes, hit a telephone pole and hit a maroon Toyota going west on Nordhoff before the truck crashed into the Pizza Hut.
Momet was on duty and riding east on his motorcycle in the 1900 block of Foothill Boulevard when a woman, going west on the same street, made a left turn into the YMCA lot and they collided, Elliott said.
Tingle said the incident occurred when the vehicle going west on Lanark struck the three pedestrians, then drove away.