View synonyms for no-go


or no go

[ noh-goh ]


, Informal.
  1. not authorized or approved to proceed; canceled or aborted:

    The Tuesday space launch is no-go.

  2. not ready to go or proceed.
  3. not functioning properly; inoperative:

    The ticket machine was no-go.

  4. (of an area) having restricted entry:

    hazardous no-go zones.


, Informal.
  1. a plan or idea that is canceled, rejected, or otherwise fails to be realized:

    We asked to borrow the car, but that was a no-go, so we’ll have to take the bus.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of no-go1

First recorded in 1865–70

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Idioms and Phrases

see no dice .

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Example Sentences

“Swaths of the north are no-go areas,” said an executive at a leading oil company.

One night, in the police no-go area of Barrowfield, I walked out with a convicted killer.

Secure the border; ceding a no-go zone to foreign drug lords on American territory is not acceptable.

To a young artist in the 1980s, the SoHo galleries that mattered seemed an unreachable territory, a no-go land.

Now he was ready to put those Herculean shoulders at any other bemired and rickety no-go-cart.


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.