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English Idioms & Idiomatic Expressions


Alphabetical List of Idioms - G

(Idioms G page 6 :   go all out   →   go hand in hand)

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 accepted.
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 moderation.
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 succeed.
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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