Idioms

Origin of go

1
before 900; Middle English gon, Old English gān; cognate with Old High German gēn, German gehen

Definition for go under (2 of 2)

Origin of under

before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch onder, German unter, Old Norse undir, Latin inferus located below

Synonym study

2. See below.
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British Dictionary definitions for go under (1 of 5)

go under


verb (intr, mainly adverb)

(also preposition) to sink below (a surface)
to founder or drown
to be conquered or overwhelmedthe firm went under in the economic crisis

British Dictionary definitions for go under (2 of 5)

GO

/ military /

abbreviation for

general order

British Dictionary definitions for go under (3 of 5)

under

/ (ˈʌndə) /

preposition

adverb

below; to a position underneath something

Word Origin for under

Old English; related to Old Saxon, Gothic undar, Old High German untar, Old Norse undir, Latin infra

British Dictionary definitions for go under (4 of 5)

go

1
/ (ɡəʊ) /

verb goes, going, went or gone (mainly intr)

noun plural goes

adjective

(postpositive) informal functioning properly and ready for action: esp used in astronauticsall systems are go

Word Origin for go

Old English gān; related to Old High German gēn, Greek kikhanein to reach, Sanskrit jahāti he forsakes

British Dictionary definitions for go under (5 of 5)

go

2

I-go

/ (ɡəʊ) /

noun

a game for two players in which stones are placed on a board marked with a grid, the object being to capture territory on the board

Word Origin for go

from Japanese
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Idioms and Phrases with go under (1 of 2)

go under


1

Suffer defeat or destruction; fail. For example, We feared the business would go under after the founder died. [Mid-1800s]

2

Lose consciousness. For example, Ether was the first anesthetic to make patients go under quickly and completely. This usage dates from the 1930s.

3

Submerge, sink, as in This leaky boat is about to go under.

Idioms and Phrases with go under (2 of 2)

under


In addition to the idioms beginning with under

  • under a cloud
  • under age
  • under any circumstances
  • under arrest
  • under consideration
  • under cover
  • under false colors
  • under fire
  • under lock and key
  • under one's belt
  • under one's breath
  • under one's feet
  • under one's hat
  • under one's nose
  • under one's own steam
  • under one's skin
  • under pain of
  • under par
  • under someone's spell
  • under someone's thumb
  • under someone's wing
  • under the aegis of
  • under the circumstances
  • under the counter
  • under the gun
  • under the hammer
  • under the impression
  • under the influence
  • under the knife
  • under the sun
  • under the table
  • under the weather
  • under the wire
  • under way
  • under wraps

also see:

  • below (under) par
  • born under a lucky star
  • buckle under
  • come under
  • cut the ground from under
  • don't let the grass grow under one's feet
  • everything but the kitchen sink (under the sun)
  • fall under
  • false colors, sail under
  • get under someone's skin
  • go under
  • hide one's light under a bushel
  • hot under the collar
  • keep under one's hat
  • knock the bottom out (props out from under)
  • knuckle under
  • light a fire under
  • nothing new under the sun
  • of (under) age
  • out from under
  • plow under
  • pull the rug out from under
  • put the skids under
  • six feet under
  • snow under
  • sweep under the rug
  • water over the dam (under the bridge)
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