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go under

Meaning: If a company goes under, it goes out of business and closes down.

Synonym: fail

For example:

  • go under Jenny's company went under because of the economic slowdown, and she had to look for a job.

  • go under If businesses don't adapt to changing conditions, there's a good chance they'll go under.

Quick Quiz:

If a company goes under, its workers will
  1. lose their jobs
  2. get smaller bonuses
  3. have to work harder

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