Definition of no-go in US English:



  • 1Not ready or not functioning properly.

    • ‘It was repeatedly stuck and no go until 11:15 a.m. when I headed to Lakeland College to teach the first of my classes in Writing Creative Nonfiction.’
    1. 1.1 Impossible, hopeless, or forbidden.
      ‘no-go zones for cars’
      • ‘Today, the city is a no-go zone surrounded by United States marines.’
      • ‘The police tell us categorically that there is no such thing as a no go zone.’
      • ‘In any case, large parts of the region could become a no go zone for the ‘legitimate’ government.’
      • ‘Highway 8, between Baghdad and Hillah is also considered a no go route by humanitarian organisations.’
      • ‘They say the area has become a no-go zone for buses after 3.30 pm after vehicles were attacked by stone-throwing yobs - some thought to be just six years old.’
      • ‘What specifically would he do in these so-called no-go zones?’
      • ‘Residents regularly complain about their neighbourhoods becoming no-go zones because of groups of juveniles around the streets drinking, swearing and becoming abusive.’
      • ‘The so-called Sunni Triangle west of Baghdad is now a no-go zone.’
      • ‘Certain boroughs in that area are almost no go for my colleagues with shootings reported everyday.’
      • ‘So, we're not going to take back these no-go zones.’
      • ‘He said: ‘We want to dispel the myth that Temple Hill Square is a no-go zone.’’
      • ‘Around town, much of the Central Business District is also a no go zone, with strips of orange and yellow bunting restricting access to sections of footpaths, roads and car parks.’
      • ‘Two weeks before the Italy's general election, parts of Italy became no go, as cars were banned to protect the environment.’
      • ‘The men, who were carrying explosives, were crawling in a no-go zone near the border fence with Israel when soldiers opened fire, the army said.’
      • ‘The area is becoming a no-go zone - properties that used to be nice can't be let.’
      • ‘There are certain no-go subjects: religion; politics; other people's kids; holidays; home improvements.’
      taboo, censored, forbidden, banned, interdicted, proscribed, prohibited, not to be spoken of, ineffable, unspeakable, unutterable, unprintable, indescribable, out of bounds, beyond the pale, off limits, that dare not speak its name, disapproved of, frowned on
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  • A negative response; no.

    • ‘And that is why, I think, that a spin-off is a no go.’
    • ‘Visibility below one half mile is a no go for takeoff, at least for exercise purposes.’
    • ‘Buses were a no go, ferries - don't even think about it.’
    • ‘Before the move can go ahead, both housing associations have to agree the swap, and while her housing association have accepted it, the other one says it's a no go because the house isn't big enough.’
    • ‘The possibility of local assistance in setting up slightly lower level high-tech support industries (like call centers) is a no go in our humble estimation.’