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

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PRONUNCIATION OF TO GO PEAR-SHAPED

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WHAT DOES TO GO PEAR-SHAPED MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Definition of to go pear-shaped in the English dictionary

The definition of to go pear-shaped in the dictionary is if a situation goes pear-shaped, bad things start happening.


WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE TO GO PEAR-SHAPED

to get dooced
to get into high gear
to get off lightly
to get off your high horse
to get on the scoresheet
to get on your high horse
to get your just deserts
to get your oats
to give sb the runaround
to give sb unshirted hell
to go
to go down like a lead balloon
to go down like ninepins
to go for the brass ring
to go into the record books
to go island-hopping
to go off the deep end
to go to extremes
to go to great lengths to do sth
to go walkies

WORDS THAT END LIKE TO GO PEAR-SHAPED

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

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

SYNONYMS

Translation of «to go pear-shaped» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF TO GO PEAR-SHAPED

Find out the translation of to go pear-shaped to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of to 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 «to 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

to go pear-shaped
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

नाशपाती के आकार जाने के लिए
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

للذهاب - شكل الكمثرى
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

идти грушевидный
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

para ir em forma de pêra
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

পিয়ার আকৃতির যেতে
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

d´aller en forme de poire
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Untuk pergi berbentuk pir
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

bis birnenförmig gehen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

洋ナシの形へ行く
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

서양 배 모양의 이동
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Kanggo golek woh pir
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

đi lê - hình
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

பேரி-வடிவத்திற்கு செல்ல
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

पेअर आकाराचे जाण्यासाठी
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Armut şeklinde gitmek
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

per andare 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

pentru a merge in forma de para
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

να πάει σε σχήμα αχλαδιού
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

om te gaan peervormig
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

gå päronformad
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

å gå pære - formet
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of to go pear-shaped

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

The term «to go pear-shaped» is regularly used and occupies the 80.997 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «TO GO PEAR-SHAPED» OVER TIME

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

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «TO GO PEAR-SHAPED»

Discover the use of to go pear-shaped in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to 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
2
Rajpal Dictionary Of English Idioms & Phrases
... brand of cigarette Go overboard for: Be enthusiastic about * Refrain from going overboard on your physical exercises as it may cause you harm in furture Go pear-shape: Go wrong * Things started to go pear- shaped when he got addicted to ...
Shori, A K, 2010
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'Queen' of the Mara
Everything was now beginning to go pear shaped. The boy, I knew, was the simpleton offspring of the local chief. I also noticed the film crew had leapt into action — their cameras at the ready to film all the impending action! I was not prepared ...
David Drummond, 2005
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A Pocket Guide to Risk Mathematics: Key Concepts Every ...
... often drags a lot of other things down with it, giving you the full fruit bowl. In real life, once one thing starts to go pear-shaped it often drags a lot of other things down with it 109 correlAtion (Also known As lineAr correlAtion) One of the ...
Matthew Leitch, 2010
5
"A Lack of Offensive Spirit?": The 46th (North Midland) ...
... changes, something was almost bound to go pear-shaped. Clearly, this law was not one considered over much at VII Corps HQ and so, in the case of the attack on Gommecourt, for 'something' going pear-shaped read 'almost everything'.
Alan MacDonald, 2008
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Medical Marijuana Cannabis Cultivation: Trees of Life at the ...
Pear-shaped: slang "to go pear-shaped" - to go wrong. Pen and ink: cockney rhyming slang - stink. Pest: any organism that causes nuisance to man either economically or medically. The classification of pests is forever changing and is very ...
Jeffrey Winterborne, 2008
7
Celia and Granny Meg Go to Paris
And that will mean that most of Granny's carefully planned itinerary is about to go pear- shaped or completely 'kaput' – but that is a German word and so has no place in a story about Paris! Chapter Three They had already discovered that their ...
Margaret de Rohan, 2011
8
More to Life Than Shoes: How to Kick-start Your Career and ...
Doing something you're passionate about is exciting stuff, and there's a danger of getting carried away. But this is your life we're talking about, and we don't want it to go pear-shaped. For our next lot of women, while they may have started from ...
Nadia Finer, Emily Nash, 2011
9
The Pleasure Protocols
... and as the FFs said, women had kids or more resilience from monthly pain and /or getting paid less than men, so they didn't go into the same kind of anxiety spiral when things began to go pear-shaped. Plus they saved it for the menopause.
Max Pleasure, 2009
10
Absolutely: none
It didn't stop me wondering though if everything was starting to go pear shaped because the way I was feeling had changed. Instead of just being a little breathless and tired, now I could hardly breath, I couldn't stand without practically falling ...
Cheryl Wragg, 2007

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

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term to go pear-shaped is used in the context of the following news items.
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Editorial: The big society projects that went pear-shaped
That was where things began to go pear-shaped. The BSN and the SNF wanted to run projects that looked risky from the start, to put it kindly: Get In, a children's ... «Third Sector, Sep 14»
2
Banana & Bingley next bank to go pear-shaped?
Reminds me of the children's TV series in the 1980s, the Munch Bunch, where unwanted fruit and veg are summarily thrown out of the kitchen. Noddy investor ... «Telegraph.co.uk, Sep 08»

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« EDUCALINGO. To go pear-shaped [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/to-go-pear-shaped>. May 2021 ».
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