Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(go/went) sideways

go sidewayswent sideways
1) not as planned, for the worse
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    • things could easily go sideways if we're not careful
  • Analysis

    The expression that 'something went sideways' means that it didn't go to plan or that something went wrong. When you say sideways you mean that it was a challenge or didn't go the way that you expected. Similar in meaning to 'go pear-shaped', this is an informal expression.

  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Mary is a great friend to me. Whenever things go sideways in my life, I can always rely on her to give me support and advice.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. We knew that the deal could go sideways very quickly if we didn't keep our staff on the ball until everything was signed.
    2. Things went sideways from the moment Chris showed up at the meeting. His attitude tends to get on people's nerves.
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