Make progress, succeed, as in I suspect they'll be going places with the new product, or Now that she has her doctorate I'm sure she'll go places. [Colloquial; early 1900s]
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How to use go places in a sentence
There is a spiritual component to serious art but there is also a warrior ethic—you must go places where you are not welcome.
Their parents keep telling them money is important, and if you want to live well or go places, you need money.
This could allow you to go places in half the time it takes to travel by car.
But early in this venture, I must get me a pony—a pinto, preferably—small enough for me to ride and big enough to go places.David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney
She'd have to dress up and give dinners, and go places and dance and meet cheerful people, and—well, who knows?What Will People Say? | Rupert Hughes
She wouldn't have to pay attention to the detestable Dobson; and she always loved to go places with father.Missy | Dana Gatlin
Hal and Mab just loved to go places with Daddy, to learn about the birds, trees and flowers.Daddy Takes Us to the Garden | Howard R. Garis
I'm not sure what I'll do, but—well, I want to go places and see people.Flappers and Philosophers | F. Scott Fitzgerald