The idiom "go bust" (informal) means to spend or lose all of one's money; to go broke. If a company goes bust, it goes bankrupt. Linguee gives faire faillite as translation but it sounds to me a little formal. Can "couler la baraque convey the meaning of the English idiom? E.g.

He lost his job when the company went bust.

Il a perdu son boulot lorsque l'entreprise a coulé la baraque.

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Il a perdu son boulot quand sa boite a mis la clef sous la porte.


Il a perdu son boulot quand sa boîte a coulé.

convient très bien. Ajouter la baraque ne convient pas, puisque c'est redondant avec sa boîte

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