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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 fails financially: The charity will go under unless a generous donor 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 fail financially: 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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“go under” in British English

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