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Go for broke

This American expression means all or nothing and derives from gambling where everything is risked on one bet. It was in widespread use from the 1950s...

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Go for the gap

Take the opportunity or opening as presented is a recent expression from the 1960s but still represents the original meaning of the word gap as a phys...

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Go for the jugular

Make an aggressive, unrestrained attack to secure comprehensive victory, used in this figurative sense since the early 1980s.


Go haywire

see Haywire


Go like the clappers

see Hell’s bells


Go off at the deep end

see In the deep end


Go off half cocked

see Half cocked


Go on one's merry way

Carry on doing something or other happily and regardless. An informal British expression that dates from the late 19th century.


Go overboard

This expression began life as an obvious, literal nautical term during the 1600s but only acquired its figurative meaning of doing or saying something...

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Go postal

Fly into a violent rage an American expression that dates from the early 1990s derives from the Oklahoma killing of fourteen US postal workers by fell...

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Go pound sand

'Go pound sand' is a uniquely American expression that dates from the early 19th century, and means much the same thing as 'go jump in the lake' or 'g...

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Go south

To go south appears to be of American origin and means to deteriorate or decline as in sales, stock markets, value of assets etc, especially when such...

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Go spare

British colloquialism meaning to become extremely agitated or lose one’s temper dates in this sense from the 1950s but earlier, before WWII, it meant...

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Go straight

see Straight


Go the whole hog

see Whole hog


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