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"go under" in British English

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go under

phrasal verb with go uk   /ɡəʊ/  us   /ɡoʊ/ verb (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.
  • (FAIL)

If a ​company goes under, it ​failsfinancially: The ​charity will go under ​unless a ​generousdonor can be ​found within the next few ​months.

go under

informal If a ​company goes under, it is ​unsuccessful and has to ​stop doing ​business: Thousands of ​companies went under during the ​recession.
(Definition of go under from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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go under

phrasal verb with go  us   /ɡoʊ/ verb (present tense goes, present participle going, past tense went  /went/ , past participle gone  /ɡɔn, ɡɑn/ )
(of a ​business) to ​failfinancially: Nothing could be done to ​keep the ​bank from going under.
(Definition of go under from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"go under" in Business English

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go under

phrasal verb with go uk   us   /ɡəʊ/ verb (going, went, gone)
[I] FINANCE if a ​company goes under, it becomes ​bankrupt: The ​company will go under unless new ​financing can be put in ​place soon.
(Definition of go under from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “go under”
in Chinese (Simplified) 沉沒, 沉下去,沉没…
in Turkish (iş, şirket)batmak, iflas etmek…
in Russian разоряться…
in Chinese (Traditional) 沉沒, 沉下去,沉沒…
in Polish upaść…
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