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Examples

  • I began to crochet a big cover for our marriage bed, but I had to unpick it because it went wrong and began to look like a dead animal.

    Captain Corelli's Mandolin

  • “Obviously, that something went wrong with the water-heater.”

    St Peter's Finger

  • 'After my body was discovered, people would work out that it had been a publicity stunt planned by Wenkins and myself, which went wrong because he drowned and could not set in motion the necessary search.

    Smokescreen

  • The Bezingers, too, were in the act of formation; and, in fact, the only ones who went wrong were the Sunheit Blacks, whose commander seemed to have gone off his head, and ordered his battalion to deploy to the front, instead of wheeling back the companies to form his side of the big square.

    Three Months in the Soudan

  • Julie wanted to understand what went wrong for Aloysius Oliver, to seek an explanation of how he developed from a boy to a man and what brought him to that fatal August night in the alley behind Carpenter Street with a .357 revolver.

    Defending the Damned

  • Everything went wrong at once: chimneys smoked, pipes burst, vacuum-cleaners fused, china and glass fell to pieces, net curtains disintegrated in the wash.

    Mrs. Miniver

  • It could have been a deal that went wrong or even a deliberate double-cross.

    Boiling a Frog

  • Cara wondered if her orangey tan was on purpose or if something went wrong in the makeup room.

    Choker

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