Definition of no-go in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌnōˈɡō/


1Not ready or not functioning properly.
Example sentences
  • It was repeatedly stuck and no go until 11:15 a.m. when I headed to Lakeland College to teach the first of my classes in Writing Creative Nonfiction.
1.1Impossible, hopeless, or forbidden: no-go zones for cars
More example sentences
  • In any case, large parts of the region could become a no go zone for the ‘legitimate’ government.
  • Around town, much of the Central Business District is also a no go zone, with strips of orange and yellow bunting restricting access to sections of footpaths, roads and car parks.
  • Highway 8, between Baghdad and Hillah is also considered a no go route by humanitarian organisations.


A negative response; no.
Example sentences
  • Before the move can go ahead, both housing associations have to agree the swap, and while her housing association have accepted it, the other one says it's a no go because the house isn't big enough.
  • Buses were a no go, ferries - don't even think about it.
  • The possibility of local assistance in setting up slightly lower level high-tech support industries (like call centers) is a no go in our humble estimation.

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Syllabification: no-go

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