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English definition of “go under”

go under

verb uk phrasal verb with go   /ɡəʊ/ us    /ɡoʊ/ (present participle going, past tense went, past participle gone)

(SINK)

to sink: The ship went under just minutes after the last passenger had been rescued.Staying afloat, capsizing and sinking

(FAIL)

If a company goes under, it fails financially: The charity will go under unless a generous donor can be found within the next few months.Starting, succeeding and failing in business
(Definition of go under phrasal verb, verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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