Definition of go wrong in English:

go wrong

phrase

  • 1Make a mistake.

    • ‘Can either of you point out where he's gone wrong?’
    • ‘I told him to stay on the motorway until we got near Warwick but after half an hour he went wrong again.’
    • ‘Deciding we must have gone wrong somewhere, we rode all the way back.’
    • ‘Let me tell you where you went wrong.’
    • ‘But in the meantime education and information initiatives would be introduced to let people know where they were going wrong.’
    • ‘The big area where I personally went wrong was in estimating GDP growth.’
    • ‘Finding out where you went wrong is crucial, but may not be easy.’
    • ‘After the exam don't spend endless time criticising yourself for where you think you went wrong.’
    • ‘I don't know where I've gone wrong.’
    • ‘I'm not happy with this - I've gone wrong somewhere, but I don't have time to explore it right now.’
    make a mistake, make an error, err, make a blunder, blunder, go astray, miscalculate, be incorrect, be wide of the mark, trip up
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    1. 1.1 (of a device) malfunction; develop a fault.
      break down, malfunction, fail, stop working, stop functioning, cease to function, crash, give out, go out of control, develop a fault, act up, be defective
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    2. 1.2 Develop in an undesirable way.
      ‘the government has ordered an inquiry to ascertain what went wrong’
      • ‘You can look at six or seven line-outs and pinpoint one thing that went wrong in each of them.’
      • ‘Everything always went wrong, and they never had any money to do the things they wanted.’
      • ‘She had a great turn of phrase and sense of humour and could see the funny side even when things went wrong.’
      • ‘Now, as an inquiry takes place into what went wrong, it is vital to ensure that nothing like this occurs again.’
      • ‘The guy could not explain what went wrong because their account machinery was down.’
      • ‘As I tried to reach over and lift up the gate it crossed my mind that there might be a danger of me losing a finger if things went wrong.’
      • ‘Now they are performing a deconstruction of the chase and trying to find out what went wrong.’
      • ‘He must be tearing his hair out right now because the team are going through one of those spells where everything that can go wrong, is going wrong.’
      • ‘If things are going wrong, we need to know that they are going wrong, so we can put them right.’
      • ‘However, things all went wrong when she helped the attendant to push the car out of the way and into a transformer.’
      go awry, go amiss, go adrift, go off course, fail, not succeed, be unsuccessful, go badly, be ruined, fall through, fall flat, fall apart, come apart at the seams, break down, come to nothing, flounder, collapse, meet with disaster, backfire, rebound, boomerang, misfire, miscarry, abort
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