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From Middle English misgon, equivalent to mis- +‎ go.



misgo (third-person singular simple present misgoes, present participle misgoing, simple past miswent, past participle misgone)

  1. (intransitive, now rare or dialectal) To go wrong, make a mistake, go astray, become lost, miscarry.
    • c. 1400, Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, The Parson's Tale:
      ther is a ful noble way, and ful covenable, which may not faile to man ne to womman, that thorugh synne hath mysgon fro the right way of Jerusalem celestial [...].
    • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 2, ch. 6, Monk Samson:
      Brother Samson, in the time of the Antipopes, had been sent to Rome on business; and, returning successful, was too late,—the business had all misgone in the interim!
    • 1853, William Makepeace Thackeray, The Newcomes, ch. 45:
      Let those pity her who can feel their own weakness and misgoing.