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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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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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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.
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The 41-year-old said: "I really can't understand what went wrong.
He said it was a prank which went wrong and as soon as it happened he put the flames out.
Haney said the equipment at LAX is considered state of the art so there was no immediate answer to what went wrong.
The Met's Operation Trident, which investigates black-onblack crime, said: "We don't know what went wrong but the officers were suddenly challenged by someone shooting to kill.
It seems to have been a drunken prank that went wrong.
30pm last night, something went wrong with the operation and the shed caught fire, which destroyed the shed and caused damage to the doors and windows of the house.
The Met's Operation Trident, which investigates black-on-black crime, said: "We don't know what went wrong but the officers were suddenly challenged by someone shooting to kill.
When asked what had gone wrong for the Tories, Lord Tebbit paraphrased a famous quote and replied: "What went wrong was the economy,And he warned of the inquest to come when he said: "The party needs to sit down and think about the election, and about the next election too.
There isn't really any careful discussion of what went wrong with Japan in this book, but the clear implication of his various parables and metaphors is that Japan is in trouble because it is hidebound and inefficient, and that this makes it unfit for the global economy.
What went wrong was that they gave too much space as John Taylor and Paul Wanless secured the points.
Meanwhile, a stunt girl stand-in for Suranne, 25, who plays brassy Karen, was taken to hospital when filming of the last scenes - in which she is hit by a car driven by Tracy Barlow - went wrong.
A dare went wrong when a teenager impaled himself on a security fence after falling from a roof, police said yesterday.
This is a time to mourn our dead, to stand by their monument, and to forget the interminable arguments about "What went wrong in Vietnam?
WALNUT - Two hours after it happened, Thousand Oaks senior Whitney McDonald was back on her feet and chatting outside the Lancers' team tent, trying to figure out what went wrong over the final 200 yards in Saturday's Southern Section cross country preliminaries.
Millions of pounds in wages went astray when the system went wrong, leaving thousands of employees skint.