- a village or hamlet in which a periodic market or fair is held.
- any village or hamlet.
- to be successful.
- to do well, efficiently, or speedily: The engineers really went to town on those plans.
- to lose restraint or inhibition; overindulge.
- Informal. in quest of entertainment in a city's nightclubs, bars, etc.; out to have a good time: a bunch of college kids out on the town.
- supported by the public charity of the state or community; on relief.
Origin of town
Related formstown·less, adjectivein·ter·town, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for go to town
- a densely populated urban area, typically smaller than a city and larger than a village, having some local powers of government and a fixed boundary
- (as modifier)town life Related adjective: urban
- to make a supreme or unrestricted effort; go all out
- Australian and NZ informal to lose one's temper
Derived Formstownish, adjectivetownless, adjective
Word Origin for town
Idioms and Phrases with go to town (1 of 2)
go to town
Also, go to town on.
Do something efficiently and energetically. For example, She really went to town, not only developing and printing the film but making both mat and frame. [Early 1900s]
Act without restraint, overindulge, as in He went to town on the hors d'oeuvres, finishing nearly all of them. [Early 1900s]
Be successful, as in After months of hard work, their business is really going to town. [Mid-1900s]
Idioms and Phrases with go to town (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with town
- town and gown
- all over the place (town)
- ghost town
- go to town
- man about town
- one-horse town
- only game in town
- on the town
- out of town
- paint the town red
- talk of the town