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unable to go on
Not able to proceed or persist. After I twisted my ankle, I was unable to go on—that's why I didn't finish the race. Our company will be unable to go on for much longer if our sales don't improve.
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Go on (with you)!
Inf. Go away! (Always a command. No tenses.) It's time you left. Go on with you! Go on. Get yourself home.
See also: go
happening; occurring. What is going on here? Something is going on in the center of town. Can you hear the sirens?
Euph. died. My husband, Tom—he's gone on, you know—was a great one for golf. Let us remember those who have gone on before.
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Also, going on for. Approaching, especially an age or time. For example, She's twelve, going on thirteen, or It's going on for midnight. The first term dates from the late 1500s, the variant from the mid-1800s. Also see go on.
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— going on —used to suggest that someone's behaviour or attitudes are those of someone older or younger than their actual age. humorous
1994 Janice Galloway Foreign Parts Cassie, carrying this bloody windsurfing board through customs. Thirty-one going on fifteen.
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exclam. I don’t believe you!; I deny it! Go on! You weren’t even there.
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Approaching: The child is six, going on seven years of age.
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