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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 up (1 of 4)

go up

verb (intr, mainly adverb)

(also preposition) to move or lead to or as if to a higher place or level; rise; increaseprices are always going up; the curtain goes up at eight o'clock; new buildings are going up all around us
to be destroyedthe house went up in flames
British to go or return (to college or university) at the beginning of a term or academic year

British Dictionary definitions for go up (2 of 4)

/ military /

abbreviation for

general order

British Dictionary definitions for go up (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 up (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 up

go up


Be put up, as in New buildings are going up all over town.


Rise; increase. For example, His temperature is going up at an alarming rate, or The costs of construction are going up all the time. [Late 1800s]


Also, be gone up. Be destroyed, ruined, done for; also, die, be killed. For example, If we're not back in a week, you'll know we've gone up, or In spite of our efforts, the plans for a new library are gone up. [Slang; mid-1800s]


Forget one's lines on the stage or make a mistake in performing music. For example, Don't worry, you know your part and you won't go up, or He went up in the last movement of the sonata. [Slang; 1960s] Also see the subsequent idioms beginning with go up.

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