One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘there's no need to beat yourself up if you go wrong’
make a mistake, make an error, err, make a blunder, blunder, go astray, miscalculate, be incorrect, be wide of the mark, trip up
informal slip up, screw up, make a boo-boo, make a bloomer
British informal boob, drop a clanger
2‘their plans to poison him went wrong’
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
informal come to grief, flop, come a cropper, go haywire, bite the dust, go up in smoke
3‘the new television sets will contain fewer components to go wrong’
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
informal be on the blink, conk out, go kaput, go phut, go haywire, bite the dust, have had it
British informal play up, pack up
4‘young people who go wrong’
go astray, err, do wrong, commit a crime, commit a sin, fall into a life of crime, get into bad ways, stray from the straight and narrow, fall from grace
informal go to the dogs
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