go out = to collapse structurally


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Is 'go out' used in the meaning "to collapse", which I have found on thefreedictionary.com:
To collapse structurally:

The bridge went out after the heavy rains.

Thank you!
  • Barque

    Senior Member
    It's how most people would understand that sentence but I've never heard "go out" used to mean a structural collapse.


    Senior Member
    I would not necessarily interpret "the bridge went out" to mean a structural collapse. I would take it to mean that the bridge became unusable. There are other conditions than structural collapse that could make it impossible to use the bridge: fallen debris, rising flood waters, deep snow, etc.


    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    No, that sentence seems not quite right to me. I would understand it, and I would say the bridge was out, but not that it went out.
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