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[fahr-gawn, -gon]
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  1. remote.
  2. approaching the end, as of life, duration, usefulness, etc.: The sleeve is too far-gone to mend.

Origin of far-gone

First recorded in 1770–80


[gawn, gon]
  1. past participle of go1.
  1. departed; left.
  2. lost or hopeless.
  3. ruined.
  4. that has passed away; dead.
  5. past.
  6. weak and faint: a gone feeling.
  7. used up.
  8. Slang.
    1. pregnant: two months gone.
    2. great; outstanding.
    3. exhilarated; inspired.
  1. far gone,
    1. much advanced; deeply involved.
    2. nearly exhausted; almost worn out.
    3. dying: The rescue party finally reached the scene of the crash, but most of the survivors were already far gone.
  2. gone on, Informal. infatuated with; in love with: He is still gone on the woman who jilted him.
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British Dictionary definitions for far gone


  1. the past participle of go 1
adjective (usually postpositive)
  1. ended; past
  2. lost; ruined (esp in the phrases gone goose or gosling)
  3. dead or near to death
  4. spent; consumed; used up
  5. informal faint or weak
  6. informal having been pregnant (for a specified time)six months gone
  7. (usually foll by on) slang in love (with)
  8. slang in an exhilarated state, as through music or the use of drugs
  9. gone out informal blank and without comprehension, as if stupefied in surprise
  1. pastit's gone midnight
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Word Origin and History for far gone


past participle of go.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with far gone

far gone

Extremely advanced, referring to some progressive action or condition. For example, These trees are too far gone to be saved, or He's had a lot to drink and is too far gone to drive himself home. [Mid-1500s]


In addition to the idioms beginning with gone

also see:

Also see undergo.

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