[ fahr-gawn, -gon ]
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  1. 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

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How to use far-gone in a sentence

  • The truth is, he was so far gone in loving her that he would have been charmed by her ways no matter what they might have been.

    Overland | John William De Forest
  • Know that he is a man who has thus far gone share and share to the last crumb with his people, and will.

    God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
  • Her cold hand lay upon its mouth, and her head upon its body, for she was too far gone to move if she had willed to do so.

    A Lady of Quality | Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • The day was far gone, and they were eager to find the Cheyennes before darkness fell.

    Three Sioux Scouts | Elmer Russell Gregor
  • The alarm was given, and they were both drawn out, "wet as drowned rats," but not quite so far gone.

Other Idioms and Phrases with 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]

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