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go by the board

Definition of go by the board in English:

(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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