Definition of go under in English:

go under

phrasal verb

  • 1(of a business) become bankrupt.

    • ‘Mrs Cooper admits that, if she had not got her own source of funding, she could have gone under three times in the early years of the business.’
    • ‘In the past year, nearly 14,000 family-owned small businesses have gone under.’
    • ‘Businesses have gone under, and there has also been an impact on jobs.’
    • ‘If, however, they are willing to admit that the new charges were a ghastly mistake, they should take action quickly before businesses start to go under and some community groups are lost for good.’
    • ‘If the bank had gone under, it would have been the biggest financial-sector bankruptcy in Germany's history, according to Business Week magazine.’
    • ‘The only problem is as these corporations get bigger then even more smaller businesses go under, unable to compete with lower prices and special offers.’
    • ‘His dad couldn't get any money out of the country and the business went under.’
    • ‘A worried businessman fears his three York companies could go under if a residential parking permit scheme goes ahead.’
    • ‘Some of these businesses might even go under as a result of failing to cope with a sudden downturn in revenues.’
    • ‘A lot of businesses go under in the first year and we want to help them stay in business.’
    go bankrupt, cease trading, go into receivership, go into liquidation, become insolvent, be liquidated, be wound up, be closed, be closed down, be shut, be shut down
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  • 2(of a person) die or suffer an emotional collapse.

    • ‘I would think it was a very tearful and desperate time for him and I think this has probably been the closest he has come to going under.’