(Of something planned or previously upheld) be abandoned, rejected, or ignored: my education just went by the board
Earlier in nautical use meaning 'fall overboard', used of a mast falling past the board, i.e. the side of the ship
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- The longed-for tour to New Zealand went by the board.
- Weeks of planning went by the board when it poured down and the barriers blocking the way into Albert Square were lifted with more than two hours to go.
- Opponents deserved no respect and the conventions of war went by the board.
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