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English Idioms and Idiomatic Expressions 


Alphabetical List of Idioms G, page 7

Idioms G, page 7:  from:   'go to extremes'   to:   'go off with a bang'


  • 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
    • 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 , they are associated or often happen at the same time.
      "In big cities, poverty and violence often go hand in hand."

  • go haywire
    • If something goes haywire, it becomes disorganised or goes out of control.
      "The photocopier has gone completely haywire. It's only printing half of each page!"

  • go hell for leather
    • If you , you go somewhere or do something very fast.
      "I saw Tom going hell for leather towards the station."

  • go the whole hog
    • When you go the whole hog, you do something thoroughly or completely.
      "The put up a few decorations for Christmas, then they decided to go the whole hog and buy a tree and all the trimmings."

  • go into overdrive
    • If someone or something goes into overdrive, they begin to work very hard or start to perform intensely.
      "At the start of every new collection my imagination goes into overdrive."

  • go nuts
    • To say that a person has gone nuts means that they have become completely foolish, eccentric or mad.
      "I think the old lady has gone nuts! It's very hot today and she's wearing a fur coat!"

  • go off the deep end
    • If a person goes off the deep end, they become so angry or upset that they cannot control their emotions.
      "Eva will go off the deep end if her kids leave the kitchen in a mess again."

  • go off the rails
    • If someone goes off the rails, they go out of control and begin to behave in a manner that is unacceptable to society.
      "Given the unstable environment, it's a miracle that none of their children ever went off the rails."

  • go off on a tangent
    • If someone goes off on a tangent, they change the subject completely in the middle of a speech or conversation.
      "Sometimes when he's teaching, he goes off on a tangent and starts talking about his dog!"

  • go off with a bang
    • If something such as an event or performance goes off with a bang, it is very successful.
      "The party went off with a bang - everyone enjoyed it."

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