English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions
Alphabetical List of Idioms - G
|go all out||If you go all
out to achieve or obtain something, you
make a great effort, using all possible
strength and resources
The candidate went all out to obtain the nomination.
|go along for the ride||If you join a group
of people you find interesting, without
wanting to take an active part in their
action, you go along for the ride.
Not all the protesters were active in the movement - some just went along for the ride.
|go bananas||If someone becomes
very emotional and starts behaving in a
crazy way, they go bananas.
If you announce that you are going to drop out of school, your parents will go bananas!
|go ballistic||When someone
goes ballistic, they become very angry.
My dad went ballistic when he saw the state of the garden after the barbecue.
|go belly up||If a business or
project goes belly up, it is
unsuccessful or goes bankrupt.
The restaurant went belly up before the end of the first year.
|go down in history||This expression
refers to an event that is so important or
unusual that it will be recorded in history.
The recent discovery will go down in history.
|go down well||If an idea or
proposal goes down well, it is well
The new timetable went down well with the employees.
|go downhill||When something
goes downhill, it deteriorates or gets
worse little by little.
His health has been going downhill since the last operation.
|go for a song||If something
goes for a song, it is sold at an
unexpectedly low price.
I was able to buy the car simply because it was going for a song.
|go the extra mile||If you go the
extra mile, you do more than what is
expected of you.
You can count on Tom; he's always willing to go the extra mile.
|go to extremes||People who go
to extremes behave in a way that lacks
My parents tend to go to extremes. They live on a tight budget and then they go on expensive holidays.
|go with the flow||If you go with
the flow, you follow the general
tendency and go along with whatever happens.
When my colleagues organise an office party, I just go with the flow.
|go great guns||If someone or
something is going great guns, they
are doing very well.
Fred's night club is going great guns. It's becoming hard to get in!
|go to great lengths (or pains)||When trying to
achieve something, if you go to great
lengths or great pains, you do
everything that is possible in order to
The two parties went to great lengths to reach an agreement.
|go hand in hand||If two or more
things go hand in hand, they are
associated or often happen at the same time.
In big cities, poverty and violence often go hand in hand.
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