a goner

goner

A person or thing that is doomed or destined for failure. If he jumps out of that plane and his parachute doesn't open, he's a goner. I'm a goner if my parents find out I dented the car.

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.
"Hi, there--look out, Em!" exclaimed the old man, as Aunt Em advanced a step; "take care o' the wild beastses, or you're a goner!"
I thought I was a goner, for whenever anybody was after anybody I judged it was ME -- or maybe Jim.
He said: "Next morning a young lad said, 'I thought you were a goner'.
He told the High Court in Edinburgh he thought he was "a goner".
We're doing a Goner LP and a 7-inch on Jay's label.
Rhode had offered a $5,000 reward-though she figured the scattergun was probably a goner. As Rhode told the Associated Press, "you think, 'twenty years from now, I might get it back, I'm relieved to have it back, and that all that history wasn't demolished.
In America Alone, Steyn claims that Europe is almost certainly a goner, and that America is the world's last, best hope for freedom.
THE favourite looks like obliging in this week's eviction, with Jayne looking a goner after being put up against Richard in a head-to-dead, writes Bruce Millington.
I'm afraid the 'duke' was a goner. This weekend I'm going to rummage through my drawers for a bargain.
Recovering at home today he said: "I'm not a religious person but I believe there's a God out there now because I should have been a goner."
"Every 15 minutes he's down on the deck, battered and bleeding, a goner for sure; five minutes later he's back up fighting the bad guys."
John said later: "Jack deserves a big bone for saving me - I'd be a goner without him.
* Kirtland's warbler, already endangered, "is a goner."