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[noh-goh] /ˈnoʊˈgoʊ/

adjective, Slang.
inoperative; canceled:
The Tuesday space launch is no-go.
not ready.
not functioning properly.

with sense “where it is forbidden to go,” 1971, from no + go (v.). Earlier it was a noun phrase for an impracticable situation (1870).


Not ready to proceed; inauspicious; blocked: This looks like a no-go situation

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go no-go

[1960s+; probably stimulated recently by astronauts’ use]


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