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be a goner
1. slang To be facing imminent and inevitable death, ruin, or failure. If he jumps out of that plane and his parachute doesn't open, he's a goner. This town used to be nice when I was a kid, but it's a goner now. Nothing here anymore but old-timers too stubborn to leave. Our company's a goner if the bank doesn't approve us for this loan.
2. slang To be facing imminent and inevitable punishment or repercussions. I'm a goner if my parents find out I dented the car. A: "I think the boss found out about the equipment we took over the weekend." B: "Uh oh, we're goners."
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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.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
a dead or dying creature or person. The boy brought the sick fish back to the pet store to get his money back. "This one is a goner," he said. John thought he was a goner when his parachute didn't open.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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]
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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.
n. someone or something finished or nearly finished. The horse was a goner, so it had to be destroyed.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.