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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

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Idioms and Phrases with go under

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.

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