go all the way


1

Continue on a course to the end, as in The town agreed to put in a sewer but would not go all the way with widening the street. [First half of 1900s] Also see go the distance.

2

Engage in sexual intercourse, as in Her mother told her some boys will always try to make her go all the way. [Slang; second half of 1900s]

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