WORD ORIGIN | IDIOMS pronoun any thing whatever; something, no matter what: Do you have anything for a toothache? adverb in any degree; to any extent; in any way; at all: Does it taste anything like chocolate? Idioms anything but, in no degree or respect; not in the least: The plans were anything but definite. anything goes, any type of conduct, dress, speech, etc., is considered acceptable or valid or is likely to be encountered and tolerated: That resort is a place where anything goes! Origin of anything before 900; Middle English ani thing, eni thing, Old English ǣnig thing.
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British Dictionary definitions for anything goes pronoun any object, event, action, etc, whatever anything might happen noun a thing of any kind have you anything to declare? adverb in any way he wasn't anything like his father anything but by no means; not in the least she was anything but happy like anything (intensifier; usually euphemistic) he ran like anything
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Word Origin and History for anything goes n.
late Old English
aniþing, from any + thing. But Old English ænig þinga apparently also meant "somehow, anyhow" (glossing Latin quoquo modo).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with anything goes
Everything is permitted, as in
You're wearing sneakers to the office?—Why not? Anything goes these days. This idiom began life as everything goes, which appeared in George Meredith's novel The Egoist (1879). In America anything was the preferred word, which gained further currency with Cole Porter's use of the term as the title of his 1934 song and musical comedy, Anything Goes!
In addition to the idioms beginning with
anything anything but anything goes anything like
can't do anything with if anything like anything not anything like
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