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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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Reed also bred Gone West, who proved one of the best three-year-olds of his generation with wins in the Grade 1 Dwyer Stakes and Grade 2 Gotham and Withers Stakes.
Larrocha, a daughter of Sadler's Wells who has been bred to Mr Prospector once and to Gone West and Kingmambo three times apiece, has now been scanned in foal to Elusive Quality.
She has already proved a successful outcross with the sire line, producing Group 3 Princess Margaret Stakes winner Mythical Girl from her 1995 mating with Gone West.
The Gone West filly is a sister to stallion Elusive Quality
In the end she was covered by Gone West on Kentucky Derby day, and it was love at first sight.
Conceived two years after Mr Prospector's transfer from Florida, while some breeders awaited confirmation that he warranted significantly better mares at a significantly higher fee, Gone West did his bit to silence the doubters.
Gone West, by contrast, was only briefly a runner of note in his second season, taking two Grade 2 mile events before his deceptive victory in the Grade 1 Dwyer Stakes over nine furlongs, when he was allowed an uncontested lead and returned 12 lengths in front.
Gulch has had his moments at stud, and in Thunder Gulch has America's current leading sire, but Gone West has the more consistent overall record, notable mostly for sprinters and milers, though the dearth of genuine stayers in North America helped such as Lassigny and Commendable to notch major victories at a mile and a half.
Gone West did all his racing on dirt, but looked the sort who might have thrived on turf, and virtually throughout his stud career he has appealed to breeders and buyers on both sides of the Atlantic.
Highest price among the nine was the first $1 million lot of the day, a striking Gone West colt out of City Dance, by Seattle Slew, consigned by Eaton Sales.