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Meaning of "go pear-shaped" in the English dictionary

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WHAT DOES GO PEAR-SHAPED MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of go pear-shaped in the English dictionary

The definition of go pear-shaped in the dictionary is to go wrong.


WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE GO PEAR-SHAPED

go off the deep end
go on
go on record
go on the swag
go one better
go out
go out of one´s way
go over
go over with a fine-tooth comb
go overboard
go phut
go places
go public
go round
go round in circles
go shares
go short
go sour
go steady
go straight

WORDS THAT END LIKE GO PEAR-SHAPED

almond-shaped
bell-shaped
boat-shaped
cigar-shaped
crescent-shaped
diamond-shaped
egg-shaped
escaped
fan-shaped
heart-shaped
kidney-shaped
L-shaped
O-shaped
oval-shaped
pear-shaped
T-shaped
to go pear-shaped
U-shaped
V-shaped
wedge-shaped
well-shaped

Synonyms and antonyms of go pear-shaped in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «go pear-shaped» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF GO PEAR-SHAPED

Find out the translation of go pear-shaped to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of go pear-shaped from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «go pear-shaped» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

去梨形
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

ir en forma de pera
570 millions of speakers

English

go pear-shaped
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

नाशपाती के आकार का जाना
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

التنقل على شكل الكمثرى
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

идти грушевидный
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

ir em forma de pêra
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

পিয়ার আকৃতির যান
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

aller en forme de poire
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Pergi berbentuk pir
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

gehen birnenförmig
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

洋ナシの形に行く
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

서양 배 모양의 이동
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Menyang shaped woh pir
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

đi lê - hình
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

பேரி-வடிவத்துக்கு செல்லுங்கள்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

PEAR- आकार जा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Armut şeklinde olsun
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

go- a forma di pera
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

iść w kształcie gruszki
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

йти грушовидний
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

du-te in forma de para
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

πάνε σε σχήμα αχλαδιού
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

gaan peervormig
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

går päronformad
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

gå pære - formet
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of go pear-shaped

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «GO PEAR-SHAPED»

The term «go pear-shaped» is quite widely used and occupies the 52.377 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «GO PEAR-SHAPED» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about go pear-shaped

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «GO PEAR-SHAPED»

Discover the use of go pear-shaped in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to go pear-shaped and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Going Pear Shaped
An unstoppable army of Xardanian lizard warriors, seething with vengeance and armed to the fangs with swords and axes, is poised to sweep across the Core Lands - and the ancient City of Port Packham is at the top of their list of places ...
Dennis Ellis Quinn, 2006
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Cassell's Dictionary of Slang
(1)] go pear-shaped v. [1990s+] of plans or schemes, to fail, to collapse, [the image of a solid rectangle 'slipping down' into a pear shape, thus 'the bottom drops out'] go peddle your fish! excl. [1930s] (US) an excl. of disdainful dismissal. gopher ...
Jonathon Green, 2005
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Why is Q Always Followed by U?: Word-Perfect Answers to the ...
... or switch that operates some device in an emergency or which raises an alarm. Pear-shaped. Q. Somebody warned me the other day that there was a risk that a project I was working on might go pear-shaped, an expression new to me ...
Michael Quinion, 2009
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Untitled
SeIpt/ /"per-/ "adjective shaped like a pear: a pear-shaped physique "idiom go pear-shaped uk informal If a plan goes pear- shaped,itfails: We'd planned to go away for the weekend, but it all went pear-shaped. peasant ...
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Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary
... noun humorous the imaginary entrance to heaven pear-shaped /'pea.Jeipt/ ® /' per-/ ▻ adjective shaped like a pear: a pear-shaped physique ▻ idiom go pear- shaped uk informal If a plan goes pear- shaped, it fails: We d planned to go ...
‎2008
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Passionfruit & Poetry
Xander slapped his thigh, nodding his head. At least now Jaz's bloody mindedness was making sense. He thought for one ghastly moment she'd developed a social conscience. “We'll just have to make sure it doesn't go pear shaped then, ...
Tea Cooper, 2013
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Chambers concise dictionary
go pear-shaped co//o<7 to go wrong. peasant /'pezant/ >n 1 in poor agricultural societies: a farm worker or small farmer. 2 derog a rough unmannerly or culturally ignorant person. [15c: from French paisant, from Latin pagus country district] ...
Ian Brookes, 2004
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Sustainable schools: are we building schools for the ...
What makes things go pear-shaped in the way that you have described? Q195 Chairman: We are politicians. We like to track down who did it. In other words, are there terrible builders out there who should never have been allowed to build ...
Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Education and Skills Committee, 2007
9
Follow Your Yellow Brick Road (US Edition)
... of living that prompts a person to dive deep into life's adventures. When it's in flow, everything feels wonderful. When it is stuck, events go pear-shaped. Or, when events go pear-shaped, the natural flow of orange energy screeches to a halt ...
10
Extra Time
'Things could go pear-shaped now.' 'I don't think so, Cliff,' says Mrs Jarvis. 'We're playing a four-twofour formation. That's more peanut-shaped. Pear-shaped would be four-four-one-one.' Uncle Cliff looks at her and just from his face you can ...
Morris Gleitzman, 2013

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «GO PEAR-SHAPED»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term go pear-shaped is used in the context of the following news items.
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Tour de France 2015: Tension rises as mountain stages approach
"You only have to be 5 per cent off one day and it will go pear-shaped." The strength of the respective teams behind those favourites will also ... «Sydney Morning Herald, Jul 15»
2
Chasing the headlines on Alex McKinnon and Cameron Smith, 60 …
... who you count on for help and advice when things go pear-shaped and the man many see as being a league leader when his career is over. «The Daily Telegraph, Jul 15»
3
King Kannemeyer Wields The Power
So he was never worried that things would go pear-shaped in the boardroom? “Hell, no, I wouldn't put it that way. In the heat and adrenaline of ... «Sporting Post, Jul 15»
4
Should you buy 1-Page Ltd today?
... speculative bet so investors should only ever invest an amount that they can comfortably afford to lose in case things go pear-shaped, but the ... «Motley Fool Australia, Jul 15»
5
Greece Is The Word: What The Smart Money Thinks
Here's the broker spit-balling on how it could possibly all go pear-shaped;. We see the main mechanisms of contagion being (in order): political ... «Barron's, Jul 15»
6
Ronin Review
... small nuisance, however, and a lot of the game allows for more moment-to-moment improvisation when your careful plans go pear-shaped. «Only Single Player, Jul 15»
7
71-year-old grandmother completes 100-mile ultramarathon - with …
Speaking with the ultramarathon website, iRunFar.com, the runner explained how, at the 88-mile mark, things started to go pear-shaped when ... «The Independent, Jul 15»
8
The weapons for dealing with a narcissistic boss
... request does not guarantee your path to progression, and will more often than not leave you facing blame if things go pear-shaped. «City A.M., Jul 15»
9
I can smell an 'upset' in the air as Proteas tour Bangladesh
At least if it does all go pear-shaped nobody will be able to accuse coach Russell Domingo and the selectors of not thinking, or of ignoring, ... «Rand Daily Mail, Jun 15»
10
What fate awaits Massa and the Iceman?
Perhaps his monosyllabic responses, especially when things go pear-shaped, are interpreted by critics as justification that he either doesn't ... «The Roar, Jun 15»

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