do not pass go, do not collect $200

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EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

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

EtymologyEdit

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

PhraseEdit

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.
Last modified on 12 April 2014, at 20:16