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game over


something has ended unsuccessfully


You flubbed it. Game over!


something that has ended unsuccessfully


If we don't make it this time, it's game over.

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from the ending text of many arcade and video games's 21st Century Lexicon
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  • The others around the table had given the game over to the amazing sheep-herder who seemed to have so much cash.

    Claim Number One George W. (George Washington) Ogden
  • The game over, Early Ann went in for soup bowls and table-spoons.

    Plowing On Sunday Sterling North
  • She might be sincere, and then again she might be playing the first game over again, in a different guise.

    The Place of Honeymoons Harold MacGrath
  • We play the game over again: we wonder how it was possible for us to fail.

    Table-Talk William Hazlitt
  • "I can make out some game over yonder," said Darry, when he had the glass adjusted to his sight.

    Boys of The Fort Ralph Bonehill
Slang definitions & phrases for game over

game over


Something has ended unsuccessfully: Our relationship? Game over

[fr the ending text of many video games]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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