on the go

on the go

verb (used without object), went, gone, go·ing.

  1. to move or proceed, especially to or from something: They’re going by bus.
  2. to leave a place; depart: People were coming and going all the time.
  3. to keep or be in motion; function or perform as required: Can’t you go any faster in your work?
  4. to become as specified: to go mad.
  5. to continue in a certain state or condition; be habitually: to go barefoot.
  6. to act as specified: Go warily if he wants to discuss terms.
  7. to act so as to come into a certain state or condition: to go into debt; to go to sleep.
  8. to be known: to go by a false name.
  9. to reach, extend, or give access to: Where does this door go?
  10. to pass or elapse: The time went fast.
  11. to be applied, allotted, awarded, transferred, etc., to a particular recipient or purpose: My money goes for food and rent.
  12. to be sold: I have a bid of two dollars. Going! Going! Gone!
  13. to be considered generally or usually: He’s short, as basketball players go.
  14. to conduce or tend: This only goes to prove the point.
  15. to result or end; turn out: How did the game go?
  16. to belong; have a place: This book goes on the top shelf.
  17. (of colors, styles, etc.) to harmonize; be compatible; be suited: Your tweed jacket would go well with these pants.
  18. to fit around or into; be able to be extended, contained, inserted, etc.: This belt won’t go around my waist.
  19. to be or become consumed, spent, finished, etc.: The cake went fast.
  20. to be or become discarded, dismissed, put aside, forgotten, etc.: Those practical jokes of yours have got to go!
  21. to develop, progress, or proceed, especially with reference to success or satisfaction: How is your new job going?
  22. to move or proceed with remarkable speed or energy: Look at that airplane go!
  23. to make a certain sound: The gun goes bang.
  24. to be phrased, written, or composed: How does that song go?
  25. to seek or have recourse for a decision, verdict, corroboration, defense, etc.; resort: to go to court.
  26. to become worn-out, weakened, ineffective, etc.: His eyesight is beginning to go.
  27. to die: The old man went peacefully at 3 a.m.
  28. to fail, break, or give way: The dike might go any minute.
  29. to come into action; begin: Go when you hear the bell.
  30. to make up a quantity or content; be requisite: Sixteen ounces go to the pound.
  31. to be able to be divided; be contained as a mathematical element: Three goes into fifteen five times.
  32. to contribute to an end result: the items that go to make up the total.
  33. to have as one’s goal; intend (usually used in the present tense, followed by an infinitive): Their daughter is going to be a doctor.
  34. to be permitted, approved, or the like: Around here, anything goes.
  35. to be authoritative; be the final word: This is my house, and what I say goes!
  36. to subject oneself: Don’t go to any trouble.
  37. (used in the infinitive as an intensifier to indicate the idea of proceeding, especially with the expectation of serious consequences): He finally had to go ask for a loan.
  38. Informal. to urinate or defecate.

verb (used with object), went, gone, go·ing.

  1. Informal. to endure or tolerate: I can’t go his preaching.
  2. Informal. to risk, pay, afford, bet, or bid: I’ll go fifty dollars for a ticket, but no more.
  3. to move or proceed with or according to; follow: Going my way?
  4. to share or participate in to the extent of (often followed by a complementary substantive): to go halves.
  5. to yield, produce, weigh as a usable amount, or grow to: This field will go two bales of cotton.
  6. to assume the obligation, responsibility, or function of: His father went bail for him.
  7. Informal. to enjoy, appreciate, desire, or want: I could go a big steak dinner right now.
  8. Informal. to say; declare (usually used in speech): I asked the clerk for my receipt, and he goes, “You don’t need it.”

noun, plural goes.

  1. the act of going: the come and go of the seasons.
  2. energy, spirit, or animation: a man with a lot of go.
  3. a try at something; attempt: to have a go at winning the prize.
  4. a successful accomplishment; success: to make a go of a new business.
  5. Informal. a business agreement; deal; bargain: Thirty dollars? It’s a go.
  6. Informal. approval or permission, as to undertake or begin something: The boss gave us the go on the new project.
  7. Boxing. a bout: the main go.


  1. (in calling the start of a race) start the race; leave the starting line: On your mark! Get set! Go!


  1. functioning properly and ready: two minutes before the satellite is to be launched and all systems are go.

Verb Phrases

  1. go about,
    1. to occupy oneself with; perform: The shoemaker goes about his work with a smile.
    2. Nautical.to change course by tacking or wearing.
  2. go after, to attempt to obtain; strive for: You’ll never get what you want if you don’t go after it energetically.
  3. go against, to be in conflict with or opposed to: It goes against the company’s policy.
  4. go ahead, to proceed without hesitation or delay: If you want to use my car, go ahead.
  5. go along,
    1. to move or proceed.
    2. to accompany in travel.
    3. to agree; concur: I can’t go along with you on that idea.
  6. go around,
    1. to be often in company (often followed by with): to go around with a bad crowd.
    2. to be sufficient for all: Is there enough food to go around?
    3. to pass or circulate, as in transmission or communication: The rumor is going around that he was forced to resign.
  7. go at,
    1. to assault; attack.
    2. to begin or proceed vigorously: to go at one’s work with a will.
  8. go back on. back2(def 7).
  9. go by,
    1. to be disregarded or not taken advantage of: Don’t let this chance go by.
    2. to be guided by or to rely upon: Don’t go by what she says.
  10. go down,
    1. to decrease or subside, as in amount or size: Prices went down. The swelling is going down.
    2. to descend or sink: When does the sun go down?
    3. to suffer defeat: to go down fighting.
    4. to be accepted or believed: This nonsense goes down as truth with many persons.
    5. to admit of being consumed: This food goes down easily.
    6. to be remembered in history or by posterity.
    7. Slang.to happen; occur: What’s been going down since I’ve been away?
    8. British.to leave a university, permanently or at the end of a term.
    9. Bridge.to fall short of making one’s contract.
    10. Slang: Vulgar.to perform fellatio or cunnilingus.
  11. go for,
    1. to make an attempt at; try for: He is going for the championship.
    2. to assault.
    3. to favor; like: It simply isn’t the kind of life you would go for.
    4. to be used for the purpose of or be a substitute for: material that goes for silk.
  12. go in for,
    1. to adopt as one’s particular interest; approve of; like.
    2. to occupy oneself with; engage in: Europeans in increasing numbers are going in for camping.
  13. go into,
    1. to discuss or investigate: Let’s not go into the question of whose fault it was.
    2. to undertake as one’s study or work: to go into medicine.
  14. go in with, to join in a partnership or union; combine with: He asked me to go in with him on the purchase of a boat.
  15. go off,
    1. to explode, fire, or perform or begin to function abruptly: A gun went off in the distance.
    2. (of what has been expected or planned) to happen: The interview went off very badly.
    3. to leave, especially suddenly: She went off without saying goodbye.
    4. to die.
    5. to deteriorate.
    6. Slang.to experience orgasm.
  16. go on,
    1. to happen or take place: What’s going on here?
    2. to continue: Go on working.
    3. to behave; act: Don’t go on like that!
    4. to talk effusively; chatter.
    5. (used to express disbelief): Go on, you’re kidding me.
    6. to appear onstage in a theatrical performance: I go on in the middle of the second act.
  17. go out,
    1. to come to an end, especially to fade in popularity: Silent movies went out as soon as the talkies were perfected.
    2. to cease or fail to function: The lights went out.
    3. to participate in a social activity: We usually go out drinking on Friday nights.
    4. Informal.to have a continuing romantic relationship: They went out for about a year before getting married.
    5. to take part in a strike: The printers went out yesterday in a contract dispute.
    6. Rummy.to dispose of the last card in one’s hand by melding it on the table.
    7. Cards.to achieve a point score equal to or above the score necessary to win the game.
  18. go over,
    1. to repeat; review.
    2. to be effective or successful: The proposal went over very well with the trustees.
    3. to examine: The mechanic went over the car but found nothing wrong.
    4. to read; scan.
  19. go through,
    1. to bear; experience.
    2. to examine or search carefully: He went through all of his things but couldn’t find the letter.
    3. to be successful; be accepted or approved: The proposed appropriation will never go through.
    4. to use up; spend completely: He went through his allowance in one day.
  20. go through with, to persevere with to the end; bring to completion: It was perhaps the biggest challenge of her life, and she resolved to go through with it.
  21. go under,
    1. to be overwhelmed or ruined; fail.
    2. (of a ship) to founder.
  22. go up,
    1. to be in the process of construction, as a building.
    2. to increase in cost, value, etc.
    3. to forget one’s lines during a theatrical performance.
    4. British.to go to a university at the beginning of a term.
  23. go with, Informal. to have a continuing romantic relationship with; date: He went with her for two years.


  1. from the word “go”, from the very start; since the beginning.
  2. go and, to be so thoughtless, unfortunate, or silly as to: It was going to be a surprise but he went and told her.
  3. go ape over/for. ape(def 6).
  4. go bananas. bananas(def 2).
  5. go down on, Slang: Vulgar. to perform fellatio or cunnilingus on.
  6. go for broke. broke(def 9).
  7. go for it, Informal. to pursue a goal with determination.
  8. go it alone, to act or proceed independently, without assistance, companionship, or the like: If you don’t want to form a partnership, I’ll go it alone.
  9. go native. native(def 24).
  10. go the whole hog, to do something thoroughly or consistently: If you’re getting a new amplifier, why don’t you go the whole hog and get new speakers and a turntable, too?
  11. go there, to discuss or think about a specific, typically undesirable topic (usually used negatively): No personal questions, please—I don’t go there.
  12. go to!, Archaic.
    1. you don’t say! I don’t believe you!
    2. let’s do it! come on!
  13. go together,
    1. to be appropriate or harmonious: The rug and curtains don’t go together.
    2. Informal.to keep company; date; court: They have gone together for two years.
  14. go to it, Informal. to begin vigorously and at once.
  15. let go,
    1. to release one’s grasp or hold: Please let go of my arm.
    2. to free; release.
    3. to cease to employ; dismiss: Business was slack and many employees were let go.
    4. to become unrestrained; abandon inhibitions: She’d be good fun if she would just let go and enjoy herself.
    5. to dismiss; forget; discard: Once he has an idea, he never lets go of it.
  16. let go with, to express or utter with abandon: He let go with a sudden yell.
  17. let oneself go, to free oneself of inhibitions or restraint: Let yourself go and get mad once in a while.
  18. no go, Informal.
    1. futile; useless: We tried to get there by noon, but it was no go.
    2. not authorized or approved to proceed; canceled or aborted: Tomorrow’s satellite launching is no go.
  19. on the go,
    1. very busy; active: She’s always on the go.
    2. while going from place to place; while traveling.
  20. to go, Informal. (of food) for consumption off the premises where sold: coffee to go.

abbreviation for

  1. general order

verb goes, going, went or gone (mainly intr)

  1. to move or proceed, esp to or from a point or in a certain directionto go to London; to go home
  2. (tr; takes an infinitive, often with to omitted or replaced by and) to proceed towards a particular person or place with some specified intention or purposeI must go and get that book
  3. to departwe’ll have to go at eleven
  4. to start, as in a race: often used in commands
  5. to make regular journeysthis train service goes to the east coast
  6. to operate or function effectivelythe radio won’t go
  7. (copula) to becomehis face went red with embarrassment
  8. to make a noise as specifiedthe gun went bang
  9. to enter into a specified state or conditionto go into hysterics; to go into action
  10. to be or continue to be in a specified state or conditionto go in rags; to go in poverty
  11. to lead, extend, or afford accessthis route goes to the north
  12. to proceed towards an activityto go to supper; to go to sleep
  13. (tr; takes an infinitive) to serve or contributethis letter goes to prove my point
  14. to follow a course as specified; farethe lecture went badly
  15. to be applied or allotted to a particular purpose or recipienther wealth went to her son; his money went on drink
  16. to be sold or otherwise transferred to a recipientthe necklace went for three thousand pounds
  17. to be ranked; comparethis meal is good as my meals go
  18. to blend or harmonizethese chairs won’t go with the rest of your furniture
  19. (foll by by or under) to be known (by a name or disguise)
  20. to fit or extendthat skirt won’t go round your waist
  21. to have a usual or proper placethose books go on this shelf
  22. (of music, poetry, etc) to be sounded; expressed, etchow does that song go?
  23. to fail or give waymy eyesight is going
  24. to break down or collapse abruptlythe ladder went at the critical moment
  25. to diethe old man went at 2 am
  26. (often foll by by)
    1. (of time) to elapsethe hours go by so slowly at the office
    2. to travel pastthe train goes by her house at four
    3. to be guided (by)
  27. to occurhappiness does not always go with riches
  28. to be eliminated, abolished, or given upthis entry must go to save space
  29. to be spent or finishedall his money has gone
  30. to circulate or be transmittedthe infection went around the whole community
  31. to attendgo to school; go to church
  32. to join a stated professiongo to the bar; go on the stage
  33. (foll by to) to have recourse (to); turnto go to arbitration
  34. (foll by to) to subject or put oneself (to)she goes to great pains to please him
  35. to proceed, esp up to or beyond certain limitsyou will go too far one day and then you will be punished
  36. to be acceptable or toleratedanything goes in this place
  37. to carry the weight of final authoritywhat the boss says goes
  38. (foll by into) to be contained infour goes into twelve three times
  39. (often foll by for) to endure or last outwe can’t go for much longer without water in this heat
  40. (tr) cards to bet or bidI go two hearts
  41. (tr) informal, mainly US to have as one’s weightI went 112 pounds a year ago
  42. US and Canadian (usually used in commands takes an infinitive without to)
    1. to start to act so as togo shut the door
    2. to leave so as togo blow your brains out
  43. informal to perform well; be successfulthat group can really go
  44. (tr) not standard to say: widely used, esp in the historic present, in reporting dialogueThen she goes, “Give it to me!” and she just snatched it
  45. go and informal to be so foolish or unlucky as tothen she had to go and lose her hat
  46. be going to intend or be about to start (to do or be doing something): often used as an alternative future constructionwhat’s going to happen to us?
  47. go ape slang to become crazy, enraged, or out of control
  48. go ape over slang to become crazy or extremely enthusiastic about
  49. go astray to be mislaid; go missing
  50. go bail to act as surety
  51. go bush See bush 1 (def. 14)
  52. go halves See half (def. 15)
  53. go hard (often foll by with) to cause trouble or unhappiness (to)
  54. go it slang to do something or move energetically
  55. go it alone informal to act or proceed without allies or help
  56. go much on informal to approve of or be in agreement with (something): usually used in the negativeI don’t go much on the idea
  57. go one better informal to surpass or outdo (someone)
  58. go the whole hog informal See hog (def. 9)
  59. let go
    1. to relax one’s hold (on); release
    2. euphemisticto dismiss (from employment)
    3. to discuss or consider no further
  60. let oneself go
    1. to act in an uninhibited manner
    2. to lose interest in one’s appearance, manners, etc
  61. to go
    1. remaining
    2. US and Canadian informal(of food served by a restaurant) for taking away

noun plural goes

  1. the act of going
  2. informal
    1. an attempt or tryhe had a go at the stamp business
    2. an attempt at stopping a person suspected of a crimethe police are not always in favour of the public having a go
    3. an attack, esp verbalshe had a real go at them
  3. a turnit’s my go next
  4. informal the quality of being active and energeticshe has much more go than I
  5. informal hard or energetic workit’s all go
  6. informal a successful venture or achievementhe made a go of it
  7. informal a bout or attack (of an illness)he had a bad go of flu last winter
  8. informal an unforeseen, usually embarrassing or awkward, turn of eventshere’s a rum go
  9. informal a bargain or agreement
  10. all the go informal very popular; in fashion
  11. from the word go informal from the very beginning
  12. See get-up-and-go
  13. no go informal impossible; abortive or futileit’s no go, I’m afraid
  14. on the go informal active and energetic


  1. (postpositive) informal functioning properly and ready for action: esp used in astronauticsall systems are go


  1. a game for two players in which stones are placed on a board marked with a grid, the object being to capture territory on the board

n.1727, “action of going,” from go (v.). The sense of “a try or turn at something” is from 1825; meaning “something that goes, a success” is from 1876. Phrase on the go “in constant motion” is from 1843. v.Old English gan “to go, advance, depart; happen; conquer; observe,” from West Germanic *gai-/*gæ- (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian gan, Middle Dutch gaen, Dutch gaan, Old High German gan, German gehen), from PIE *ghe- “to release, let go” (cf. Sanskrit jihite “goes away,” Greek kikhano “I reach, meet with”), but there is not general agreement on cognates. The Old English past tense was eode, of uncertain origin but evidently once a different word (perhaps connected to Gothic iddja); it was replaced 1400s by went, formerly past tense of wenden “to direct one’s way” (see wend). In northern England and Scotland, however, eode tended to be replaced by gaed, a construction based on go. In modern English, only be and go take their past tenses from entirely different verbs. The word in its various forms and combinations takes up 45 columns of close print in the OED. Verbal meaning “say” emerged 1960s in teen slang. Colloquial meaning “urinate or defecate” attested by 1926. Go for broke is from 1951, American English colloquial; go down on “perform oral sex on” is from 1916. That goes without saying (1878) translates French cela va sans dire. As an adjective, “in order,” from 1951, originally in aerospace jargon. In constant activity, very busy, as in I’m exhausted—I’ve been on the go since eight this morning. [Mid-1800s]

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