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    off the rails

    Hello.

    go off the rails
    informal : to lose control and start to behave in a way that is not normal or acceptable
    ▪ He was a promising student but he went off the rails after he started taking drugs.
    ▪ The government has gone (completely) off the rails.


    Can I say "ran" in place of went and "run" instead of gone? Both AE and BE speakers use the phrase "off the rails," don't they?

    Thank you.


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    Re: off the rails

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    go off the rails
    informal : to lose control and start to behave in a way that is not normal or acceptable
    ▪ He was a promising student but he went off the rails after he started taking drugs.
    ▪ The government has gone (completely) off the rails.


    Can I say "ran" in place of went and "run" instead of gone? Both AE and BE speakers use the phrase "off the rails," don't they?

    Thank you.

    I am not familiar with "ran" and "run" in this context, "went off the rails" and "gone off the rails" are pretty strong collocations.

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