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Idioms for go

Origin of go

before 900; Middle English gon, Old English gān; cognate with Old High German gēn, German gehen
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British Dictionary definitions for go about (1 of 4)

go about

verb (intr)

(adverb) to move from place to place
(preposition) to busy oneself withto go about one's duties
(preposition) to tackle (a problem or task)
(preposition) to be actively and constantly engaged in (doing something)he went about doing good
to circulate (in)there's a lot of flu going about
(adverb) (of a sailing ship) to change from one tack to another

British Dictionary definitions for go about (2 of 4)

/ military /

abbreviation for

general order

British Dictionary definitions for go about (3 of 4)

/ (ɡəʊ) /

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

noun plural goes


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

Word Origin for go

Old English gān; related to Old High German gēn, Greek kikhanein to reach, Sanskrit jahāti he forsakes

British Dictionary definitions for go about (4 of 4)



/ (ɡəʊ) /


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

Word Origin for go

from Japanese
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Idioms and Phrases with go about

go about


Also, go around. Move here and there, to and fro; also, circulate. For example, She's been going about telling everyone the news, or A report went around that the dollar was dropping. [c. 1300]


Set about, undertake, as in I'm not sure how to go about making a pie. [Late 1600s]


go about one's business. Proceed with one's own proper occupation or concern. For example, Don't bother with that—just go about your business. [Late 1600s]

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