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west

[west] /wɛst/
noun
1.
a cardinal point of the compass, 90° to the left when facing north, corresponding to the point where the sun is seen to set.
Abbreviation: W.
2.
the direction in which this point lies.
3.
(usually initial capital letter) a region or territory situated in this direction, especially the western part of the U.S., as distinguished from the East:
a vacation trip through the West.
4.
(initial capital letter) the western part of the world, as distinguished from the East or Orient; the Occident.
5.
(initial capital letter) the non-Communist countries of Western Europe and the Americas.
adjective
6.
directed or proceeding toward the west.
7.
coming from the west:
a west wind.
8.
lying toward or situated in the west.
9.
Ecclesiastical. designating, lying toward, or in that part of a church opposite to and farthest from the altar.
adverb
10.
to, toward, or in the west:
The car headed west.
11.
from the west:
The wind blew west.
Idioms
12.
go west, Informal. to die.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English, Old English; cognate with Dutch, German west, Old Norse vestr; compare French ouest, Old French < Old English
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British Dictionary definitions for go west

west

/wɛst/
noun
1.
one of the four cardinal points of the compass, 270° clockwise from north and 180° from east
2.
the direction along a parallel towards the sunset, at 270° clockwise from north
3.
(often capital) the west, any area lying in or towards the west related adjectives Hesperian Occidental
4.
(cards) (usually capital) the player or position at the table corresponding to west on the compass
adjective
5.
situated in, moving towards, or facing the west
6.
(esp of the wind) from the west
adverb
7.
in, to, or towards the west
8.
(archaic) (of the wind) from the west
9.
(informal) go west
  1. to be lost or destroyed irrevocably
  2. to die
W
Word Origin
Old English; related to Old Norse vestr, Sanskrit avástāt, Latin vesper evening, Greek hésperos

West1

/wɛst/
noun the West
1.
the western part of the world contrasted historically and culturally with the East or Orient; the Occident
2.
(formerly) the non-Communist countries of Europe and America contrasted with the Communist states of the East Compare East (sense 2)
3.
(in the US)
  1. that part of the US lying approximately to the west of the Mississippi
  2. (during the Colonial period) the region outside the 13 colonies, lying mainly to the west of the Alleghenies
4.
(in the ancient and medieval world) the Western Roman Empire and, later, the Holy Roman Empire
adjective
5.
  1. of or denoting the western part of a specified country, area, etc
  2. (as part of a name): the West Coast
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Word Origin and History for go west
v.

19c. British idiom for "die, be killed" (popularized during World War I), "probably from thieves' slang, wherein to go west meant to go to Tyburn, hence to be hanged, though the phrase has indubitably been influenced by the setting of the sun in the west." [Partridge]

west

Old English west "in or toward the west," from Proto-Germanic *wes-t- (cf. Old Norse vestr, Old Frisian, Middle Dutch, Dutch west, Old High German -west, only in compounds, German west), from PIE *wes- (source of Greek hesperos, Latin vesper "evening, west"), perhaps an enlarged form of root *we- "to go down" (cf. Sanskrit avah "downward"), and thus literally "direction in which the sun sets." Cf. also High German dialectal abend "west," literally "evening."

French ouest, Spanish oeste are from English. West used in geopolitical sense from World War I (Britain, France, Italy, as opposed to Germany and Austria-Hungary); as contrast to Communist Russia (later to the Soviet bloc) it is first recorded in 1918. West Indies is recorded from 1550s.

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Slang definitions & phrases for go west

go west

verb phrase

To be spoiled or ruined; also, to die: valuable evidence gone west (1910+)


West

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mae west


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Idioms and Phrases with go west

go west

Die, as in He declared he wasn't ready to go west just yet. This expression has been ascribed to a Native American legend that a dying man goes to meet the setting sun. However, it was first recorded in a poem of the early 1300s: “Women and many a willful man, As wind and water have gone west.”

west

see: go west
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