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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?
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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.
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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]
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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)?
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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.
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Mention it in meetings before things go wrong, and position the Code of Ethics openly within your company or business early so that it is the focus of discussions when you need it.
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"Nobody is perfect, but you're less likely to have things go wrong if you go to one who is a member of BAAPS, or come to the US and see me," he says.
Just as patients are entitled to know all the results of laboratory tests, opinions from consultants, risks of treatment and alternative therapeutic options, they are entitled to know what the causes of the breakdown are when things go wrong. It is also what each of us would want for ourselves.
When things go wrong in the performance the couple tackles it objectively.
Murphy's Law, "Whatever can go wrong will go wrong," has several secondary laws, such as "Whatever can go wrong will go wrong at the worst possible time," and "Of all the things that can go wrong, the most expensive thing will go wrong at the worst possible time."
Just by their very nature, large-scale publicity events have a certain amount of uncertainty to them--something will go wrong. This is a lesson we've learned the hard way over the years.
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Tell her nothing will ever go wrong in her life." Mother Teresa sent the message through a fellow Missionary of Charity who was the director of the orphanage in Delhi, India where Rose had worked that summer.
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