I regularly hear the phrase "here goes nothing". For example when someone starts up a computer after doing stupid configuration and is not sure if it will start.

But I'm not sure about what it means, or when to use this sentence. Should I use it just before doing something stupid or when I'm uncertain while doing it?

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Generally speaking, you say it before you attempt something risky, dangerous, something you are very likely to fail at.

It means roughly "I'm sure nothing good will come of it, but I'm going to do it anyway".

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