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go bad

1. To spoil, as of food or drink. Based on the awful smell, I'm pretty sure that meat has gone bad.
2. To become unpleasant or unfavorable. They always seem so annoyed with each other anymore—I bet their relationship has gone bad.
3. To begin to engage in lawlessness. I'm really worried that my son will go bad if he keeps hanging out with that group of troublemakers.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

go bad

to become rotten, undesirable, evil, etc. I'm afraid that this milk has gone bad. Life used to be wonderful. Now it has gone bad.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

go bad

Spoil, decay; also, turn to crime. For example, You can tell from the smell that this milk has gone bad, or If he keeps running around with that street gang, he's sure to go bad. [Late 1800s]
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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.
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Most groceries, he says, pitch an enormous amount of food that is going bad. Or maybe it isn't going bad, but the color of the meat is fading.
Group Executive Director Gerald Masila told the committee chaired by Mandera South MP Aden Haji that there are already three investors who are ready to commit billions of shillings to set up the modern warehouses across the country to save it from perennial wastage of maize grain."The issue of maize going bad in the silos will be a thing of the past if MPs pass this bill.
[The products showed] signs of going bad, such as foul odors and change in colour, shape, and properties, which indicated that they were unfit for use.
Responding to enquiries from the Letlhakeng Sub-district councillors on why the council was feeding students contaminated food, Mr Mangoye said the batch indicated that the expiry date was September this year, meaning that it was still edible when it was distributed to the school, but said that weather conditions such as too much heat might have contributed to the samp going bad before time.
"Pray when things are going bad and when they're good.
Virtually indestructible and bear-resistant, you'll never have to worry about those succulent blue-wings going bad on the trek home again.
With Ramadan falling in the middle of the summer, the probability of food going bad increases, which may lead to cases of food poisoning.
'12 issue about glue going bad reminded me of how I solved the problem of air and moisture spoiling or hardening adhesives.
You know things are going bad for your criminal career when homeless men are stopping your robberies.
Woods, who finished fourth, added with irony: "Other than my backswing's been going bad, my downswing's going bad, it wasn't too bad."
"Some young adults think they know all there is to know about alcohol, but simple tips like eating before going out drinking, pacing yourself with water or soft drinks, looking after your mates and planning your journey home, can help them stay safe and prevent their good times going bad."
Ned's apple is going bad; it's leaking; it's going to mush.
"The bigger problem is they keep going bad that the government keeps paying them off for the money they are losing as the assets they insured go bad."
"I've done it before when things were going bad," admitted the 30-year-old.