go wrong

(redirected from gone wrong)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Encyclopedia.

go wrong

1. To go awry or make a mistake. Where did I go wrong? Why is this pipe still leaking?
2. To misbehave after previous upright behavior. He was always such a good kid that I'm shocked to hear that he's in jail. I wonder what made him go wrong.
3. To malfunction. Well, the coffee pot went wrong again this morning, so can you pick up another one while you're at the mall?
See also: wrong

go wrong

to fail; [for something bad] to happen. The project failed. I don't know what went wrong. I'm afraid that everything will go wrong.
See also: wrong

go wrong

1. Go astray, make a mistake. For example, We made a left turn and somehow went wrong from then on, or You won't go wrong if you follow the directions in the dress pattern. [c. 1300]
2. Take to evil ways, become a criminal, as in As soon as he turned thirteen, Billy fell in with a gang and began to go wrong. [c. 1500]
3. Fail, turn out badly, as in Everything about this party has gone wrong. [Late 1500s]
4. Fail to work properly, as in The car starts fine, but as soon as you put it in gear, the transmission goes wrong. [Late 1800s]
See also: wrong

go ˈwrong


1 make a mistake with something: It doesn’t work. We must have gone wrong somewhere. Pass me the instruction manual.Where did we go wrong (= what mistakes did we make for things to be so bad)?
2 (of a machine) stop working correctly: This television keeps going wrong. I’m fed up with it.
3 not progress or develop as well as you expected or intended: Their marriage started to go wrong when he lost his job.What else can go wrong (= what other problems are we going to have)?
See also: wrong

go wrong

1. To go amiss; turn out badly: What went wrong with their business?
2. To make a mistake or mistakes: parents wondering where they went wrong raising their child.
3. To behave immorally after a period of innocence or moral behavior: a young man who went wrong.
See also: wrong
References in periodicals archive ?
Since a verbal commentary would inevitably fall short of the one Dylan had already provided, I thought World Gone Wrong needed a visual commentary, by someone who could let the music spark a picture.
This phrase only ever comes from the English media when something has gone wrong.
The Bible is sometimes described as the ``Maker's Manual'' because it provides guidance on what has gone wrong with our lives and how to put them right.
If several things that could have gone wrong have not gone wrong, it would have been ultimately beneficial for them to have gone wrong.
So much could have gone wrong for Josh that morning.
When asked what had gone wrong for the Tories, Lord Tebbit paraphrased a famous quote and replied: "What went wrong was the economy,And he warned of the inquest to come when he said: "The party needs to sit down and think about the election, and about the next election too.
Tom Flaherty, his trainer, said yesterday: "Everything that could have gone wrong went wrong and he found all sorts of trouble, but to be fair most of it was of his own making.
A Sussex Police spokeswoman said: "We arrived to find that a group of young men had been running up the outside of a pitched tiled roof, and we believe this was a dare gone wrong.
Everything that can go wrong recently, has gone wrong.
He added: "This isn't the only time something has gone wrong.