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game over


something has ended unsuccessfully


You flubbed it. Game over!


something that has ended unsuccessfully


If we don't make it this time, it's game over.

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from the ending text of many arcade and video games's 21st Century Lexicon
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Examples from the Web for game over
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  • They were talking the game over in their room—Phil, Sid and Tom.

    A Quarter-Back's Pluck Lester Chadwick
  • The game over, Early Ann went in for soup bowls and table-spoons.

    Plowing On Sunday Sterling North
  • We play the game over again: we wonder how it was possible for us to fail.

    Table-Talk William Hazlitt
  • Of course, if they thought to look hard at my Xbox, it was game over.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow
  • That game over there was tough on all the kids, you most of all, of course.

    The Young Pitcher Zane Grey
Slang definitions & phrases for game over

game over


Something has ended unsuccessfully: Our relationship? Game over

[fr the ending text of many video games]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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