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go pfft

verb phrase

To end or fail; dissolve; break up; fizzle: Their romance went pfft after that/ This year, two ballyhooed mergers have gone phffft/ New opportunities are emerging even as old ones go poof

[1930s+, second form by 1880s; used by gossip columnists; fr the British echoic phrase go phut, ''come to grief, fizzle out,'' found by 1888, and imitative of the sound of a dull impact]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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