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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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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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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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 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.
See also: go, wrong
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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