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no-go

[noh-goh] /ˈnoʊˈgoʊ/
adjective, Slang.
1.
inoperative; canceled:
The Tuesday space launch is no-go.
2.
not ready.
3.
not functioning properly.
Origin
1865-1870
1865-70
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Word Origin and History for no-go
adj.

with sense "where it is forbidden to go," 1971, from no + go (v.). Earlier it was a noun phrase for an impracticable situation (1870).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for no-go

no-go

adjective

Not ready to proceed; inauspicious; blocked: This looks like a no-go situation

Related Terms

go no-go

[1960s+; probably stimulated recently by astronauts' use]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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