game over

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game over

  1. (video games) A message that appears on the screen of a computer or video game when all of the player's lives have been lost or the time runs out and the game must be started again from a checkpoint or save point, or when the game has been successfully completed.
    • 1984, Robert Maxxe, Arcade
      Before I could figure out what the hell was the object of the game, I hear the thing go boom-boom, and the screen lights up with a sign: game over.
  2. (by extension) The end of some ongoing situation due to either failure or success.
    If your wife finds out about us, it's game over!
    • 2004, Ryan Russell, Stealing the Network: How to Own a Continent, page xxi
      Once we started attacking that network from the inside, it was pretty much game over.