Idioms

Origin of go

1
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 on (1 of 4)

go on


verb (intr, mainly adverb)

interjection

I don't believe what you're saying

British Dictionary definitions for go on (2 of 4)

GO

/ military /

abbreviation for

general order

British Dictionary definitions for go on (3 of 4)

go

1
/ (ɡəʊ) /

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

noun plural goes

adjective

(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 on (4 of 4)

go

2

I-go

/ (ɡəʊ) /

noun

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 on

go on


1

Happen, take place, as in What's going on here? [Early 1700s]

2

Continue, as in The show must go on. [Late 1500s]

3

Keep on doing; also, proceed, as in He went on talking, or She may go on to become a partner. [Second half of 1600s]

4

Act, behave, especially badly. For example, Don't go on like that; stop kicking the dog. [Second half of 1700s]

5

Also, go on and on; run on. Talk volubly, chatter, especially tiresomely. For example, How she does go on! The first usage dates from the mid-1800s; run on appeared in Nicholas Udall's Ralph Roister Doister (c. 1553): “Yet your tongue can run on.“

6

An interjection expressing disbelief, surprise, or the like, as in Go on, you must be joking! [Late 1800s]

7

Approach; see going on.

8

Use as a starting point or as evidence, as in The investigator doesn't have much to go on in this case. [Mid-1900s]

9

go on something. Begin something, as in go on line, meaning “start to use a computer,” or go on a binge, meaning “begin to overdo, especially drink or eat too much.”

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