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Go through the mill

Go through great difficulties or hardship, surprisingly dates from the early 19th century, according to the OED. Therefore, one must assume the mill t...

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Go through the motions

Give the appearance of doing something without actually doing it or without doing it wholeheartedly dates from c. 1920.

Go through the roof

see Through the roof

Go to great lengths

Go to great lengths (of time, understood), spend a long time or take a lot of trouble to affect something or other, dates from the late 17th century.

Go to hell in a hand basket/handcart

see Going to hell in a hand basket/hand cart

Go to pot

see Gone to pot

Go to the dogs

see Gone to the dogs

Go to the wall

To go to the wall is to fail, succumb or go bankrupt and has been well established in this sense since the mid-19th century. The origin may, however,...

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Go to town

The figurative meaning to do something exuberantly or excessively is originally American and dates from the mid-19th century when going to town for co...

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Go under

To go under means to become bankrupt or insolvent dates from the late 19th century from the allusion to sinking or drowning.

Go viral

see Viral

Go west

see Gone west

Go with the flow

To go with the flow, means to conform, from the obvious analogy of the difficulties encountered in moving against a flow of water. Once again illustra...

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Go/going for a song

see For a song


This word meaning unintelligible language or meaningless jargon was coined by the Democratic Congressman and Mayor of San Antonio, Maury Maverick. He...

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