go under

verb

went under; gone under; going under; goes under

intransitive verb

: to be overwhelmed, destroyed, or defeated : fail

Examples of go under in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The relaxed garb Jeffrey Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) wore in the opening scene of Ethan and Joel Coen’s cult classic The Big Lebowski will go under the gavel at Julien’s Auctions next month. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 29 Nov. 2023 The Bucks set a double high screen for him near the logo and Kyle Lowry goes under while the screener’s defender hard hedges before recovering to his initial assignment. Brian Sampson, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 By 1934 her parents had divorced and her father’s business had gone under. Jori Finkel, New York Times, 3 Oct. 2023 Ahead is the bye week to determine where the remainder of 2023 will go under center and elsewhere. Oliver Thomas, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Washington liberalized critical infrastructure, and the government looked on with indifference as U.S. telecommunications manufacturers, such as Lucent, were bought out by foreign firms or went under. Henry Farrell, Foreign Affairs, 19 Oct. 2023 Your Top Serum Questions, Answered Do serums go under or over moisturizer? Anneke Knot, wsj.com, 3 Nov. 2023 Ultimately, the home went under contract for $1,875,000 after about three months on the market. Rachel Kurzius, Washington Post, 23 Oct. 2023 One by one the mammals went under the spectrophotometer. Cara Giaimo, New York Times, 20 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1848, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of go under was in 1848

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“Go under.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/go%20under. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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