go wrong

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v go wrong be unsuccessful "Where do today's public schools fail?","The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Finagle's Law was the one that went, "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong." Not Murphy's Law.
    • Go wrong to fail to work properly: to stray from virtue
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Quotations

  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “If you can smile when things go wrong, you have someone in mind to blame.”
  • Graham Day
    Graham Day
    “If you love your customer to death, you can't go wrong.”
  • Leo Rosten
    Leo%20Rosten
    “If you are going to do something wrong, at least enjoy it.”
  • (Edward A. Murphy Murphy's Law
    (Edward A. Murphy Murphy's Law
    “If something can go wrong it will.”
  • Ella Fitzgerald
    Ella Fitzgerald
    “Just don't give up trying to do what you really want to do. Where there is love and inspiration, I don't think you can go wrong.”
  • Herb Caen
    Herb Caen
    “The only thing wrong with immortality is that it tends to go on forever.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wrang, a wrong; most prob. Scand., Ice. rangr, unjust, Dan. vrang, wrong. Skeat explains A.S. wrang as from wrang, pa.t. of wringan, to wring, like Fr. tort, from L. tortus, twisted.

Usage

In literature:

With childlike simplicity I asked if it was wrong to wish that the vessel should go ashore.
"The Shellback's Progress" by Walter Runciman
Neat little operation, with only one thing that could go wrong.
"The Best Made Plans" by Everett B. Cole
Things always go wrong in this miserable world!
"The Lady of the Basement Flat" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
Men go wrong when the only name upon their field is their own.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
After the second time, Dr. Fitzhugh decided they were going about it wrong, so they decided on a different tack.
"Unwise Child" by Gordon Randall Garrett
I don't mind so much now, for we can't go wrong.
"Crown and Sceptre" by George Manville Fenn
It must be such a dreadful thing to go wrong on that road!
"Out in the Forty-Five" by Emily Sarah Holt
Something may go wrong, and we don't want a scene which will make talk.
"The History of Sir Richard Calmady" by Lucas Malet
Everything seems to be going wrong of late, and I am both worried and perplexed.
"A Temporary Dead-Lock" by Thomas A. Janvier
Baby must have relaxation, Let the world go wrong or right.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
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In poetry:

Hup the stairs the landlord tumbled;
Something's going wrong, he said;
And he caught the vicked voman
Underneath the lodgers' bed.
"The Ballad Of Eliza Davis" by William Makepeace Thackeray
The riper spirits sing their songs;
They watch the ever-changing show,
Like Nature, who can see no wrongs,
But lets her seasons come and go.
"Broken Melodies" by Alexander Anderson
Man came to tell it what was wrong:
It hadn't found the place to blow;
It blew too hard - the aim was song.
And listen - how it ought to go!
"The Aim Was Song" by Robert Frost
Peace, peace! we wrong the noble dead
To vex their solemn slumber so;
Though childless, and with thorn-crowned head,
Up the steep road must England go,
"Ave Imperatrix" by Oscar Wilde
Moses said, "Our God," (his voice very strong)
Says to stay here is wrong.
God's people must worship him. Let them go!"
Pharaoh said yes but really meant no.
"Moses and Aaron Face the King" by Doris Clore Demaree
Singing go I, seeking for ever a song
Sung long ago; I ask no more to hear
Her voice that sang—for I should do her wrong,
Had I the power, to bring her once more near—
""Singing Go I"" by Richard Le Gallienne

In news:

What could possibly go wrong in a dunk tank.
Where did reality TV go wrong .
Thunder cannot go wrong by mimicking what Spurs have done to succeed.
Smurf jokes and a billionaire's dream: Where did Madrid go wrong .
What else can go wrong .
With rockets, so many things can and do go wrong .
"Where Did It All Go Wrong ".
'You Can't Go Wrong Working With Jack White'.
What could possibly go wrong .
Redskins' Rex Grossman keeps throwing long, no matter what might go wrong .
Sons of Anarchy 'Hands' Recap: Can Go Wrong /Will Go Wrong .
If you want to really wow your loved ones this holiday season, you can't go wrong with a high-tech gift.
Despite the fact that, uh, lots could go wrong, the moment is pure rock and roll.
If you're looking for ultra-cheap but happily offensive stagecraft, you can't go wrong with either.
Hank Shaw explains how even experienced mushroom gatherers can go wrong.
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In science:

As this model has been so successful and popular, it is timely to ask ‘what can go wrong’, and if other models are still possible.
Moriond Conference Summary: The Cosmological Model(s)
In a similar fashion, in the wrong vacuum the gauge coupling can be read simply from the amplitude with two external background gauge fields going into a dilaton tadpole.
Issues on tadpoles and vacuum redefinitions in String Theory
For this compare Gelfand-Manin [GM] IV.7 who remark: ”This nonfunctoriality of a cone is the first symptom that something is going wrong in the axioms of a triangulated category.
The characteristic cohomology class of a triangulated category
One disadvantage of using the total energy is that it does not guarantee a positive thermal energy (although this can be a useful diagnostic of when a simulation is going wrong).
Smoothed Particle Magnetohydrodynamics III. Multidimensional tests and the div B = 0 constraint
In this example nothing seems to go wrong, all the functions are smooth and convergence is fast, but the true stationary state distribution is different from the limit of the distribution Peq .
Is it possible to experimentally verify the fluctuation relation? A review of theoretical motivations and numerical evidence
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