It was NO GO


New Member
1. Could you give me some examples where I can use NO GO like this one I read in a book ''I tried to locate him by radio, but it was no go''
I think I undesrtand it but I want to be really sure.
2. Is it common expression?
3. Thank you:)
  • Elwintee

    Senior Member
    England English
    It's common in BE, I'm not sure about AE. 'No go' just means 'it didn't work out' or 'it was impossible'. Maybe it comes from a GO/NO GO gauge, which is used to measure whether or not mechanical parts fit together. There is not necessarily any idea of movement.
    "I asked her to marry me, but it was no go."
    "I tried to persuade him to eat turtle soup, but it was no go."
    "I put a new battery in the remote, but it was still no go."


    Senior Member
    English - England
    I think that all these examples of no go are not very common, and I would not recommend anyone to imitate them.

    I am familiar with a no go area, an area that is too dangerous to enter.


    Senior Member
    Indian English
    Ok. I just guessed that as the two poster both from London, England commented about its usage and that two are not going parallel to each other.


    Senior Member
    I think of it as short for "no good" in the sense of "a waste of time trying".

    The OED dates the expression to 1825, and defines it as "a hopeless attempt"

    Two of their examples:
    1848 Amusement after a certain age is no go..merely distraction.
    1848 You want to trot me out, but it's no go.

    My examples:
    I tried to bribe the policeman, but it was no go.
    I was hoarse; I wanted to shout, but it was no go.
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