1. in the context of sexuality.
(a) [17C–18C] to have an orgasm.
(b) [mid-17C+] usu. of a woman, to perform sexual intercourse; usu. in interrog. phr. used between two men, Does she go?
2. [late 17C+] to succeed, to win approval or applause; thus goingest adj., best.
3. in the context of monetary investment.
(a) [mid-18C+] to bet, to wager; thus gone, having lost a bet.
(b) [mid-19C] to bet on; also in fig. use, to trust.
(c) [mid-19C+] to pay for.
4. [mid-19C+] to tolerate, to bear, to put up with.
5. in the context of physical collapse.
(a) [mid-19C+] (US) to be killed; to die.
(b) [1950s] (US prison) to be executed.
(c) [1960s+] (US) to go to prison.
(d) [2000s] to collapse, to fall down.
6. [mid-19C+] to deal with, to find appealing or acceptable, to like or prefer.
7. [late 19C+] (orig. US) to be accepted or carried into effect, to have authority or effectiveness, to be obeyed without question; esp. in phr. what I say goes.
8. [late 19C+] to eat or drink, e.g. I could go a couple of beers.
9. [late 19C+] to match, to get along.
10. [late 19C+] for something to work out in a specific way, esp. of a political contest, e.g. go Labour, go Republican.
11. [20C+] (Aus./US) to attack, verbally or physically.
12. [1920s+] (US) to choose, esp. to become a member of; thus go something.
13. [1920s+] to say, to talk, e.g. I go ‘How are you?’, and he goes ‘Lousy’.
14. [1900s-1940s] (US) to make an effort.
15. [1950s] to characterize, to explain, to make sense of.
[1910s–30s] (US) a tramp; also attrib.
1. [early–mid-19C] (UK Und.) a fool [he ‘goes along’ when someone orders him].
2. [mid-19C] a thief.
1. [1940s+] a young hoodlum, a juvenile delinquent.
2. [1970s] an escapee, successful or otherwise.
3. see gofer n.
1. [20C+] (US black) consequences, inevitable developments, circumstances; thus be caught in the go-’long, to be a victim of circumstances.
2. [1920s–40s] (US black) the police truck in which arrested people are taken to the local cells.
see under slow adj.
1. see also separate entries.
2. see also under relevant n. or adj.
[2000s] (US black) to smoke marijuana.
[early 19C–1900s] to be wary or cautious, to be experienced.
[1970s+] (US black) to fight.
see under Y n.
[mid-19C] (US) to attack physically.
[1950s] to take advantage of, to obtain money from.
see separate entry.
[mid-19C] (US) to do one’s utmost for, to risk one’s all on, to bet to the limit.
1. to die.
2. see separate entry.
see separate entry.
see also under relevant n. or adj.
see under it n.1
[1910s–20s] to excite sexually, to render infatuated.
see what gives? under give v.3
SE in slang uses
[1990s+] (orig. US black) a phr. advising someone to avoid a course of action or a particular argument etc; emphasis is on an abstract ‘there’, rather than an actual place.
[18C] to visit an outdoor privy.
[mid-19C] (Anglo-Irish) to suffer judicial transportation.
[1920s–50s] (US tramp) to travel on foot (as opposed to train).
[late 18C–early 19C] a short person.
[late 16C] a strong ale.
2010s US campus to put in maximum effort, lit. go hard as a motherfucker.
[2000s+] (US campus/tee) to put in maximum effort.
see tank v.1 (1)
see under one n.1
see jerry-go-nimble under jerry n.5
see go (to) Copenhagen under Copenhagen n.
see lie at rack and manger under lie v.1
see toe-to-toe v.
[17C] to defecate.
see get along with you! excl.
[1990s+] (orig. US black/campus) an excl. of encouragement among young women.
[1980s] (UK black) an excl. of approval.