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go by the board
To fail, go to waste, or cease to exist. (Alludes to people or things on a boat being washed overboard.) All our work and planning went by the board after our funding was pulled. It saddens me to think that printed media may go by the board, now that the Internet has become so ubiquitous.
go by the board
Fig. to get ruined or lost. (This is originally a nautical expression meaning "to fall or be washed overboard.") I hate to see good food go by the board. Please eat up so we won't have to throw it out. Your plan has gone by the board. The entire project has been canceled.
go by the boardBRITISH or
go by the boardsAMERICAN
If a plan or activity goes by the board or goes by the boards, it is abandoned and forgotten, because it is no longer possible to carry it out. Although you may have managed to persuade him, while he was at school, to do some revision before examinations, you may find that all your efforts go by the board when he is at university. I think we probably all forget that President Lincoln suspended habeas corpus. There were a lot of civil rights went by the boards. Note: `To go by the board' originally meant to fall or be thrown over the side of a ship.
go by the board(of something planned or previously upheld) be abandoned, rejected, or ignored.
In former times, go by the board was a nautical term meaning ‘fall overboard’ and was used of a mast falling past the board (i.e. the side of the ship).