no-go

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no-go

1. noun Something that cannot or is not going to proceed or occur. I'm sorry, but it looks like the concert is a no-go.
2. adjective Negative; impossible; unsuitable. The budget cuts have left us in a no-go situation.

no go

Inf. negative; inopportune. (This is hyphenated before a nominal.) We're in a no-go situation. Is it go or no go?
See also: go, no

no go

not possible or practicable. informal
See also: go, no

no ˈgo

(informal) impossible; unsuccessful: I asked him if I could have an extra week’s leave, but it was no go.‘Could you lend me your car this weekend, Mike?’ ‘No go, I’m afraid. I need it myself.’
See also: go, no

no go

(ˈno ˈgo)
mod. negative; inopportune. (This is hyphenated before a nominal.) We’re in a no-go situation.
See also: go, no

no go

A failure, not functioning, impossible. This seemingly very modern expression dates from the early 1800s. J. E. Lighter cites several examples of its use from the 1820s. A signal that one cannot proceed with some plan or object, it is now a cliché. The New Yorker had it on July 8, 1991, “There’s a blanket no-go . . . on new pilots.” See also no dice.
See also: go, no
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Later, she found dogs were more trainable--fewer "no-goes," "slipped whistles," and "cast refusals."
No-goes for fires include plastics, oils, household rubbish, aerosols, rubber tyres, foam or paint ( and never use old engine oil, methylated spirit or petrol to light the fire.
Liverpool seem likely to stick with Brendan Rodgers and Arsenal and Southampton are all no-goes too.
Each candidate is allowed only two no-goes during the entire week of testing.
But absent those few and far between, brutal, no-brainer no-goes, too many pilots agonize over it rather than being willing to make the attempt, and adjust as necessary.