do not pass go, do not collect $200
- sometimes "$200" is spelled out as "two-hundred dollars" or "two hundred dollars"
- sometimes either the "g" in "go" or the entire word, "GO", is capitalized
From the Monopoly game, where it is written on cards that send one directly to jail.
- (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.