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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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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.
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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. A sister to top-class sprinter Green Desert, Yousefia won a six-furlong maiden contest at two in Britain and went on to win a Listed race on turf in America.
The six-year-old's pedigree also boasts a heavy dose of Secretariat, via Gone West's dam Secrettame and Storm Cat's dam Terlingua, both daughters of the Triple Crown winner.
The Keeneland sales ring was abuzz on Tuesday night as Sheikh Mohammed eventually won an all-out bidding war by going to $3.8 million for a daughter of Gone West, writes Rachel Pagones.
By Gone West out of the unraced Hero's Honor mare Touch Of Greatness, she is a sister to Gainsborough stallion Elusive Quality, who set a world record of 1min 31.6sec when winning the Grade 3 Poker Handicap.