do not pass go, do not collect $200

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Alternative forms[edit]

  • sometimes "$200" is spelled out as "two-hundred dollars"
  • sometimes either the "g" in "go" or the entire word, "go", is capitalized

Etymology[edit]

From the Monopoly game, where it is written on cards that sent you directly to jail.

Phrase[edit]

do not pass go, do not collect $200

  1. (humorous) A phrase telling someone to pursue a path directly without deviations.
    • 2002, Christopher Brookmyre, Not the End of the World, page 230:
      The only people who get through the doors without are couriers, and they get escorted all the way: make their delivery, get a signature then straight back out - do not pass Go, do not collect two hundred dollars.
    • 2005, Ralph Scherder, The Taxidermist's Son, page 160:
      Two months later I hit the second knuckle on my pointer finger – six more stitches, do not pass Go, do not collect two hundred dollars – and damaged a tendon in the process.
    • 2010, John Scalzi, Agent to the Stars, page 290:
      I'm getting a part on a pilot. I don't have to audition — do not pass go, do not collect $200, just go straight to acting.