Phrasal verbs with goGo about something – set to work at it
- We are not going about it in the right way.
Go after – try to obtain or overtake
- There is no point in going after him.
Go back on / go back upon – withdraw from a promise etc.
- He went back on his promise.
- It is a good rule to go by.
When a ship goes down, it sinks. When the sea or wind goes down, it becomes calm. When a story goes down it becomes accepted by the reader.
- His explanation didn’t go down well with his wife. (= His
wife didn’t accept his explanation.)
- That house went for a huge amount.
- All his work went for nothing.
- He went in for gardening on retirement.
- He goes in for classical music. (= He has a special interest
in classical music.)
- The investigators went into the evidence. (= The investigators examined the evidence.)
- Let’s go into the details.
- The milk has gone off.
- The goods in this shop have gone off. (= The goods in this shop are now inferior to the goods in other shops.)
- The gun went off all of a sudden.
- The program went off well.
Go out – (of a fire or light) stop burning
- Suddenly the lights went out.
- Students must go over the study materials before taking the
- We don’t have enough food to go around.
After her husband’s death, the poor woman had to go through a lot of hardships.
Go with – (of colors) be in harmony with
- Green goes well with orange.
Plants can’t go without water. (= Plants cannot endure the lack of water.)
Phrases with goGo to law – start legal action against somebody
Go to pieces – break up
Go to seed – become less active intellectually
Full of go – energy, enthusiasm
- He is full of go. (= He is full of energy.)
- Next week, I am going to have a go at TOEFL. (= I am going to
attempt TOEFL next week.)
- A laptop is an indispensable companion for professionals on
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