Definition of go-around in US English:


(also go-round)


  • 1A flight path taken by an aircraft after an aborted approach to landing.

    • ‘If you're on short approach, opt for a go-around and try again.’
    • ‘He determined that a go-around was impossible because the aircraft was heading toward the runway infield and parking ramp.’
    • ‘Capt Halbrook informed his flight lead and they both executed a go-around.’
    • ‘On the go-around, the aircraft stalled accompanied by a left wing drop.’
    • ‘If they failed, I had enough gas to execute a go-around and make two attempts at a trap.’
    • ‘The commercial pilot had attempted a go-around following an approach to runway 12.’
    • ‘One of our new lads was killed at the field one day while on an emergency go-around because of too many aircraft in the circuit at the same time.’
    • ‘Flight operations manuals should define the parameters for stabilized approaches and standard policy should be for a go-around to be flown if an aircraft becomes destabilized during an approach, according to Khatwa.’
    • ‘Like takeoffs, consider that each approach will end in a go-around.’
    • ‘As with the Ishak though, a go-around from a ‘balked up’ landing is easy because with full power and plenty of right rudder to keep it all straight the little biplane just leaps back into the sky.’
    • ‘This way, if a go-around is required, only the gear has to be retracted.’
    • ‘The pilot added that due to the 10-sec spool-up time from idle power to full power, a go-around was not an option.’
    • ‘I began to review the NTSB report mentally: insufficient runway available to execute a go-around, extremely high DA, aircraft overweight, and crew inexperienced.’
    • ‘Tower cleared me for the approach, and then asked if I could accept a go-around for landing traffic.’
    • ‘We checked the engines and caution panel and the pilot continued with the go-around.’
    • ‘A go-around or missed approach isn't an option - you're committed to land.’
    • ‘I would have hated to end up beak-to-beak with another airplane when my engine probably would not have allowed a go-around.’
    • ‘Capt Wright was unable to see the runway environment at decision height and executed a go-around and began to climb to the holding fix.’
    • ‘The aircraft commander executed a go-around, left the landing gear extended, and entered the visual pattern.’
    • ‘After quick trouble shooting, the crew decided to execute a go-around and then enter the holding pattern in order to further analyze the situation.’
    encircle, enclose, encompass, ring, gird, girdle, go around
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  • 2North American informal A confrontation or argument.

    ‘they had one go-around after another’
    • ‘Having had a few go-rounds with her own former mother-in-law, Moby Dick, she is always interested in how these little dramas play out.’
    • ‘If you fail to get rid of the infection the first go-round, the patient has a greater chance of getting kidney infection, flank pain, high fever, or other complications.’
  • 3North American One of a series of instances of doing or attempting something.

    ‘we will have to have another go-around with that lesson before we are ready to move on’
    ‘this is her second go-round as a councillor’
    • ‘The good news is that the manufacturers say the 2007 engines should be fuel-neutral at worst, and it's possible they may even recover some of the fuel degradation experienced during the last go-round.’
    • ‘Four years ago, researchers discovered that a mere 17 per cent of Canadians could pass the same citizenship exam that 90 per cent of immigration applicants pass on the first go-round.’
    • ‘I think everyone went in with the interpretation that this is the first go-round.’
    • ‘But Jane, darling, I believe mother caught on during the second go-round.’
    • ‘I kinda went unbalanced during the first go-round.’
    • ‘Larry Summers, he adds, got it in the next go-round.’
    • ‘Everyone eventually comes back for a second go-round.’
    • ‘If you missed it on its first go-round (and based on average ratings numbers, about 290,000,000 of you did), and you think you might fit the profile, by all means give it a chance.’
    • ‘After two go-rounds, I still find it difficult to write about Home Movies.’
    • ‘These signs, too, I remember from the last go-round.’
    • ‘I always do the great rides at least twice. When I went back for a second go-round at Big Foot a couple weeks later, I enlisted a group of fun-hogs rather than strong-hogs with the goal being to explore the world, not conquer it.’
    • ‘I hadn't thought of this in the first go-round, but your mention of the Sufi story about looking for lost keys under the lamppost reminded me of this story.’
    • ‘Why he had again gotten involved with ‘that cult’, as she thought of it, she didn't know, but he seemed more passionate about it this time than he had in the first go-round.’
    • ‘Credible, who's been an adequate performer so far, has not yet had the mic or ring time to make a lasting impression in his second go-around in the federation.’
    • ‘On the first go-round, the results are predictable.’
    • ‘This is the third go-around for clearance talks, and each round has been punctuated by skirmishes.’
    • ‘This was a consulting firm recommended by Novell; and in a future go-round, Hensley might conduct an independent comparison of possible support suppliers.’
    • ‘‘Whips itself took several years to come to market, and our chocolate work took us a couple of years also, in our latest go-round,’ Waldron explains.’
    • ‘Seven years ago, the airline had been a flying basket case, a perennial money loser facing a third go-round in bankruptcy court.’
    • ‘His second go-round as a coach hasn't produced the victories he would have liked, but he has continued to make progress with the team management has provided.’
    1. 3.1 A round of a rodeo competition.
      ‘the first winners are those cowboys who win each go-round’



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