a goner

a goner

Something or someone that is dead, doomed, ruined, or past recovery, as in If this new drug doesn't work, he's a goner; or Without a working transmission, my car's a goner. Synonyms of this idiom, such as a gone goose or chicken or gosling , are no longer heard as much. [Slang; mid-1800s]
See also: goner
References in classic literature ?
That claw is a goner," one of the station baggage-men said, straightening up from an examination of Michael through the bars.
He 's a goner anyhow in about five minutes--yeh kin see that.
I thought I was a goner, for whenever anybody was after anybody I judged it was ME -- or maybe Jim.
Kirtland's warbler, already endangered, "is a goner.
His charity looks a goner, with money going to his victims.
He said: "Jack deserves a big bone as a treat for saving me - I'd be a goner without him.