go under

This page is about the phrasal verb 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

a. lose their jobs

b. get smaller bonuses

c. have to work harder

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Contributor: Matt Errey