Green’s Dictionary of Slang

go v.

1. in the context of sexuality.

(a) to have an orgasm.

[UK]Shakespeare Antony and Cleopatra I ii: O! let him marry a woman that cannot go, sweet Isis.
[UK] ‘The Riddle’ in Playford Pills to Purge Melancholy II 71: What thing it is will breed Delight, / That strives to stand, yet cannot go, / That feeds the Mouth that cannot bite.
[UK]Man-Midwife Unmasqu’d 4: O, Doctor! said She, fie, what is it you’re doing? / I prithee give over, for now – now – I’m going.
[UK]Cleland Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure (1985) 83: Finding myself on the point of going, and loath to leave the tender partner of my joys behind, I employ’d all the forwarding motions and arts [...] to promote his keeping me company to our journey’s end.
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 298: But helen ne’er shall quit my hand, / So long as I can go or stand.
‘Ricki Francis’ Kings X Hooker 13: ‘Come on ... you two have been missing for some time ... Was she real good boy? ... Did she make you go?’.

(b) usu. of a woman, to perform sexual intercourse; usu. in interrog. phr. used between two men, Does she go?

[[UK]J. Bale Comedye Concernyng Three Lawes (1550) Act II: [in homosexual use] With Man haue I bene, whych hath me thus defyled, With Idolatrye, and uncleane Sodomye].
[UK] ‘Cuckolds Haven’ in Farmer Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) III 42: So long as they can goe or ride, / They’l have their husbands hornify’d.
[UK] ‘The Hopeful Bargain’ in Farmer Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) IV 208: He for a Shilling sold his Spouse, / And she was very willing to go.
[UK] ‘Kate Randy’ Secret Songster 6: She’s got but von eye, and her mouth’s all awry. / But a rum ’un to go is Kate Randy.
[UK] ‘Master Humphrey’s Clock’ Rambler’s Flash Songster 7: But with women like clocks, you ought always to stand – [...] It is not their painting, but how they can go.
[US]L. Uris Battle Cry (1964) 396: Do the broads go or don’t they?
[UK]G. Melly Owning Up (1974) 108: She’s got a fair pair of bristols and muscles like an Irish bluddy navvy. By gum she can go and all.
[US]C. Bukowski Erections, Ejaculations etc. 166: You sure can go, but you look real beat-up. [Ibid.] 166: I don’t think I want to go again.
[UK]I. Welsh Glue 32: What dae ye want tae stey oan at school fir when yuv already rode jist aboot every bird thair that’ll go?

2. to succeed, to win approval or applause; thus goingest adj., best.

[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: It wont Gee, it won’t Hit, or go.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 5 Nov. 8/1: Twas perfectly apparent that in order to compete / With entertainment offered every day to the elite, / this Mission must provide a pretty giddy sort of show, / And so put on the Gospel as to make it fairly ‘go’.
[US]Ade Artie (1963) 10: I’ll try it, an’ if it do n’t go, it’s a baby risk.
[Aus]E. Dyson Fact’ry ’Ands 213: Yer thinkin’ iv doin’ er mag erbout sheddin’ yer beans in ther scared cause iv charity, but it don’t go.
[US]A. Stringer Door of Dread 84: Hand it to the corn-rustlers who ain’t hep to a crook from the gyp-game days! For it don’t go wit’ me! I know who yuh are.
[US](con. 1910s) S. Lewis Elmer Gantry 260: The Reverend Elmer Gantry had failed as an independent evangelist [...] there was something wrong. He could not make it go.
[US]J.T. Farrell World I Never Made 185: Pulling kike stuff, you know, Jack, that doesn’t go.
[US]I. Shulman Cry Tough! 151: What about the longer hem line, you think it’ll go?
[Aus]‘Nino Culotta’ Cop This Lot 183: How would a bloke go?
[US]E. Thompson Garden of Sand (1981) 482: She looks just like an old one-eyed mammy, don’t she? Well, that woman once ran the goingest house in Galveston.
[UK]J. Cameron Vinnie Got Blown Away 72: Sometimes it goes, sometimes it’s a fuck-up.

3. in the context of monetary investment.

(a) to bet, to wager; thus gone, having lost a bet.

[UK]O. Goldsmith Good Natur’d Man Act III: Men that would go forty guineas on a game of cribbage.
[UK]Foote Lame Lover in Works (1799) II 61: Sir Luke: I’ll hop with any man in town for his sum. Serjeant: Aym, and I’ll go his halves.
[US]Boston Transcript 16 Dec. 2/2: Well, said the ‘Cotton man,’ what will you go now? ‘Go,’ said the farmer, [...] ‘I’ll go the whole hog’ [DA].
[US]N.Y. Clipper 4 June 2/5: Bet High on That. On the return trip of the British steamer Arabia, and the Collins steamer, there will be some ‘tall walking done.’ We’ll go our pile on Collins.
[US]H.L. Williams Joaquin 130: I’ll go as X besides that the old buck himself, Joaquin, is in town, for one is always hanging around the other.
[UK]J. Greenwood Wilds of London (1881) 272: I’ll go you a half-dollar level if you’re a-mind.
[US]G. Devol Forty Years a Gambler 158: ‘Will you bet a drink that I can’t guess it the first time?’ [...] ‘I’ll go you a dram.’.
[UK]Pink & LeBrunn [perf. Marie Lloyd] Chance Your Luck [lyrics] Down at Kempton on the course, trying hard to spot a horse / [...] / Then you wonder whether you shall chance a bob or two / Take my tip and go the lot.
[UK]A. Binstead Houndsditch Day by Day 90: ‘I’ll go yer!’ he yells, ‘but who’s to ’old de shtakes?’.
[US]C.E. Mulford Bar-20 iii: ‘Bet yu ten we don’t git ’em afore dark,’ he announced. ‘Got yu. Go yu ten more I gits another,’ promptly responded Buck.
[Aus]C.J. Dennis ‘War’ Moods of Ginger Mick 23: I’m gone a tenner at the two-up school; / The game is crook, an’ Rose is turnin’ cool.
[Aus]S. Gore Holy Smoke 8: Er – what did you go on the big fight at the Stadium last night?

(b) to bet on; also in fig. use, to trust.

[US]Calif. Police Gazette 6 Mar. 2/3: Our informants are judges, and we go a heap on their opinion.
[US]Schele De Vere Americanisms 216: One said to the other, ‘Hal, whom will you bet on?’ The reply was, ‘I’ll bet on this little monkey-faced fellow.’ ‘All right,’ says the first, ‘I’ll go this cock-eyed old buster in the red wig.’.

(c) to pay for.

[US]‘Artemus Ward’ ‘Mr Ward Attends a Graffick’ in Complete Works (1922) 164: Don’t care if I duz [...] perwided u go the Ticket.
[US]‘Mark Twain’ Life on the Mississippi (1914) 390: A person won’t take in pine if he can go walnut; and won’t take in walnut if he can go mahogany; and won’t take in mahogany if he can go an iron casket with silver door-plate and bronze handles.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 17 Jan. 14/4: Well, throw in a little red pepper. It will make a weak drink for me, but I’ll have to go you.
[US]J. Lait Put on the Spot 8: I’m goin’ to the station an’ spring Polack Annie. We owe her that. I’ll go her bond.
[US] ‘Jimmie Tucker’ in G. Logsdon Whorehouse Bells Were Ringing (1995) 68: Sheriff come a running, and he picked on me. / Locked me up in his lousy old jail. / Boss said he’d be damned if he went my bail.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Pimp 64: She went his train fair.

4. to tolerate, to bear, to put up with.

[US]Illinois Monthly Nov. 74: I can’t go it, sir! [DA].
[US]T. Haliburton Clockmaker I 23: Yes, I love the Quakers, I hope they’ll go the Webster ticket yet.
[US](con. 1917–18) T. Boyd Through the Wheat 124: Smells like some’p’n you’ve stepped in. Mah guts can’t go that stuff.
[US]Longmont Times-Call 15 June 1/1: I can drink milk, coffee and pop, but I can’t go tea [DA].
[Aus]J. Wynnum I’m a Jack, All Right 43: I could go a cup of coffee.

5. in the context of physical collapse.

(a) (US) to be killed; to die.

[UK]H. Kingsley Recollections of G. Hamlyn (1891) 31: The child is much worse to-night, and I think he’ll go before daybreak.
[US]G. Devol Forty Years a Gambler 19: I made up my mind that if I had to go I might as well go then as at any other time.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 23 Aug. 32/4: Look ’ere, Andy, I ain’t ’ad no easy life. The old woman pegged when I was 12. [...] When the old woman went they kicked me out – sold the few sticks an’ cleared.
[US]T. Wolfe Look Homeward, Angel (1930) 182: ‘You’re drowning in your own secretions [...] Like old Lady Sladen.’ ‘My God!’ said Harry Tugman [...] ‘When did she go?’ ‘Tonight,’ said Coker.
[UK]D. Dodge Bullets For The Bridegroom (1953) 5: ‘He’s going.’ The heavy-set man did not shift his eyes from the face of the man on the packing cases.
[US]A. James America’s Homosexual Underground 135: Your mother’s not ready to go just yet.
[US]G.V. Higgins Cogan’s Trade (1975) 179: I hate to see you go like this [...] going for fuckin’ nothin’.
[US]D. Woodrell Muscle for the Wing 186: The bottom line is, all these punks have got to go.
[US]G. Pelecanos Shame the Devil 60: She went six months later, heavily doped on morphine, at home in their marriage bed.

(b) (US prison) to be executed.

[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 83/1: Go. [...] 2. To die; to escape. ‘They got the chair (electric chair) all set for those two dudes (fellows) who go tonight.’.
[US]T. Runyon In For Life 142: On one occasion he came within nine days of ‘going’.

(c) (US) to go to prison.

[Aus]W. Dick Bunch of Ratbags 185: He’s been caught bustin’ open gas-meters; he’ll go this time.
[US]G.V. Higgins At End of Day (2001) 94: If it was the Staties got him [...] you and me’d be going too.

(d) to collapse, to fall down.

[US]F.X. Toole Rope Burns 132: The African hit Mookie with a dozen of his best shots, but Mookie wouldn’t go.

6. to deal with, to find appealing or acceptable, to like or prefer.

[US]J. Hay ‘Little Breeches’ Pike County Ballads 13: I don’t go much on religion [...] I don’t pan out on the prophets And free-will, and that sort of thing – But I b’lieve in God and the angels.
[US]H. Blossom Checkers 76: Reaching up to the hand on his shoulder, he grasped it warmly. ‘I’ll go you,’ he said.
[UK]‘Doss Chiderdoss’ ‘A Ditty of Dislike’ Sporting Times 24 Apr. 1/2: She’d no love for them, although she’d lots of surplus love to spare, / But she simply couldn’t go them, that was all.
[NZ]F. Sargeson ‘Old Man’s Story’ A Man and His Wife (1944) 80: I don’t go much on putting people away.
[NZ]B. Crump Hang On a Minute, Mate (1963) 146: You don’t go the women much, Sam?
[Aus]B. Humphries Barry McKenzie [comic strip] in Complete Barry McKenzie (1988) 14: I could go a snake’s. [Ibid.] 70: I could go a shag.
[Aus](con. 1941) R. Beilby Gunner 166: Well, I don’t go ’im [...] He’s a real out-an’-outer if you ask me.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Real Thing 56: There were a couple of half-pie mates of billy Dunnes [...] whom he didn’t particularly go much on.

7. (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.

[US]E.W. Townsend Chimmie Fadden 1: I seed a lady I know crossing de Bow’ry. See? Say, she’s a torrowbred, and dat goes.
[US]H. Green Maison De Shine 62: I want a suite of rooms on the first floor, and that goes!
[UK]Wodehouse Psmith Journalist (1993) 201: Do you mean to say [...] that this fellow Windsor’s the boss here, that what he says goes?
[US]H.L. Gates Lipstick 277: I told you I didn’t want to dance in this mob, and that goes [DA].
[US]O. Strange Sudden Takes the Trail 13: ‘That goes, Reddy,’ they chorused.

8. to eat or drink, e.g. I could go a couple of beers.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 22 Dec. 14/1: Two loafers sat within that bar, their tongues were hanging out – / Impatiently they waited for that bushie man to shout; / They watched each beer fast disappear and muttered with a sigh: / ‘We might a known he’d go alone, this man from Mungindi.’.
[US]J. London ‘A Piece of Steak’ Complete Short Stories (1993) II 1631: ‘Blimey, but couldn’t I go a piece of steak!’ he muttered aloud.
[UK]J. Worby Other Half 78: I could sure go a cup of coffee right now.
[US]J. Weidman I Can Get It For You Wholesale 24: I only like them the way my mother makes them [...] Boy, could I go a plate of them now!
[UK]R. Llewellyn None But the Lonely Heart 94: I could go a nice shrimp or two.
[Aus]‘Nino Culotta’ They’re a Weird Mob (1958) 46: ‘I do not think I could drink tea after all those schooners.’ ‘Well yer don’t ’ave ter. Yer could go a feed, couldn’t yer?’.
[Aus]‘Nino Culotta’ Gone Fishin’ 19: Could you go a beer?
[UK]‘P.B. Yuill’ Hazell Plays Solomon (1976) 12: Could you go a lager and lime or something?
[Aus]T. Winton Lockie Leonard: Scumbuster (1995) 71: ‘I could really go a cuppa,’ said Lockie.

9. to match, to get along.

[US]S. Crane George’s Mother (2001) 100: ‘Well, ol’ man, let’s take a drink fer ol’ Handyville’s sake!’ Kelcy was deeply affected [...] ‘I’ll go yeh,’ he said.
[US]Monteleone Criminal Sl. (rev. edn) 101: go [...] to come to terms; to agree.

10. for something to work out in a specific way, esp. of a political contest, e.g. go Labour, go Republican.

[US]Proctor Americanisms in Knowledge Dec. 28 n.p.: A State is said to go Democratic, or to go Republican, when it votes for one or the other cause after being for a time doubtful, or on the other side [OED].
[UK]Sat. Rev. (London) 22 Feb. 213/2: The constituency has alternately ‘gone’ Gladstonian and Tory .
[UK]Guardian 20 Apr. [Internet] Most analysts expect the two south-east Scotland seats to go Lib Dem in this election.
[US]Seattle Times 5 Nov. [Internet] Maine, governed by an independent for eight years, is favored to go Democratic; New Hampshire, governed by a Democrat for six years, is favored to go Republican.
[US]C. Carr Our Town 274: ‘Stand around and get your ass beat because you’re white — that ain’t gonna go,’ he scowled with outrage.

11. (Aus./US) to attack, verbally or physically.

[US]S.E. White Arizona Nights II 223: The stranger looked him in the eye for nearly a half-minute without lowering his revolvers. ‘I go you,’ said he briefly.
[US]J. London Smoke Bellew Pt 11 [Internet] ‘You can go some,’ Saltman acknowledged [...] as he sat astride Smoke’s chest. ‘But I down you every time.’.
[Aus]G.H. Lawson Dict. of Aus. Words And Terms [Internet] GO HIM — To want to fight [...] GOIN’ STIFF ’UNS — Thieving from inebriates.
[UK]G. Kersh They Die with Their Boots Clean 122: ‘Can he go?’ [...] ‘Go? One smack from that right ’and and yer jaw’s just the place where yer teef used to be.’.
[US]J.E. Macdonnell Jim Brady 23: You can’t kick me or my dog or I’ll go you.
[Aus]W. Dick Bunch of Ratbags 218: It was a known fact that the average man in the street couldn’t ‘go’ (fight) for more than three minutes flat out.
[Aus]D. Ireland Burn 136: When he finds out he’ll go me scone-hot.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1989) 115: Mrs Curtin has picked up Sally [...] and King’s [i.e. a dog] gone her.
[Aus]C. Galea Slipper 151: You blokes go all right [...] that was a bloody good fight.
[US](con. 1986) G. Pelecanos Sweet Forever 47: He looked kind of hard, like he could go with his hands if the situation came up.
[US]J. Ellroy ‘Stephanie’ Destination: Morgue! (2004) 52: The man gave him a bad look. Iwasaki smelled scuffle. He prepared to go.
[US]G. Pelecanos Way Home (2009) 15: They must be private school [...] You know those bitches can’t go.

12. (US) to choose, esp. to become a member of; thus go something.

[UK]P. Marks Plastic Age 168: He knew that he ought to have ‘gone’ Delta Sigma Delta, that that fraternity contained a group of men whom he liked.
[UK]Guardian 16 Mar. 15: Mom, can we go Catholic so we can get communion wafers and booze?

13. to say, to talk, e.g. I go ‘How are you?’, and he goes ‘Lousy’.

[UK]Wodehouse Inimitable Jeeves 38: The chambermaid continued to go strong.
[US](con. 1969) M. Herr Dispatches 26: He goes to me, ‘Take a little run up to the ridge and report to me,’ and I goes like, ‘Never happen, Sir’.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Nov.
[UK]T. Blacker Fixx 305: Yes, goes Dickhead, it’s a heavy burden.
[UK]J. Cameron Vinnie Got Blown Away 1: ‘Vinnie my son,’ I goes.
[UK]N. Barlay Crumple Zone 12: What you being a policeman you mean, I go, getting more sarky, leery, facety and anything else I can work up.

14. (US) to make an effort.

[US]F. Hutchison Philosophy of Johnny the Gent 55: ‘That Wise Cracker will go some if it comes to an issue’.
[US]A. Lomax Mister Jelly Roll (1952) 98: You have to play real hard when you play for Negroes. You have to go some, if you want to avoid their criticism.
[US]Mad mag. Sept. 21: I mean, we’re goin’ go, man!
[US](con. 1940s) E. Thompson Tattoo (1977) 74: Lookit the sausage go!

15. to characterize, to explain, to make sense of.

[Aus]T.A.G. Hungerford Riverslake 28: This Zigfield – what goes with the ape?

In compounds

go-about (n.)

(US) a tramp; also attrib.

[US] ‘The Harvest War Song’ in Lingenfelter et al. Songs of the Amer. West (1968) 498: We have sent your kids to college, but still you rave and shout, / And calls us tramps and hoboes, and pesky go-abouts.
[UK]D. Lawley Hustling Hobo 285: They move as tramps or hoboes, and are referred to by the more comfortable classes as ’boes or ‘pesky go-abouts’.
[US]N. Algren Somebody in Boots 52: Git to thet woodpile now, ye tramps, ye goddamned pesky go-about bastards.
go-along (n.) (also go-alonger)

1. (UK Und.) a fool [he ‘goes along’ when someone orders him].

[UK]Vaux Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 244: go-alonger: a simple easy person, who suffers himself to be made a tool of; and is readily persuaded to any act or undertaking by his associates, who inwardly laugh at his folly, and ridicule him behind his back.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK](con. 1840s–50s) H. Mayhew London Labour and London Poor I 414/2: I was a flat. He had me for a ‘go-along,’ to cry his things for him.
[UK]Sl. Dict. 178: Go-along a fool, a cully, one of the most contemptuous terms in a thieves’ vocabulary.

2. a thief.

[UK]Dickens ‘Slang’ Household Words 24 Sept. 75/2: Thieves are prigs, cracksmen, mouchers, gonophs, go-alongs.
[UK]G.A. Sala Twice Round the Clock 153: We have plenty of rogues in our body corporate yet [...] the nightside of London is fruitful in ‘macemen,’ ‘mouchers,’ and ‘go-alongs.’.
[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict.
go-boy (n.) (Can./Irish)

1. a young hoodlum, a juvenile delinquent.

[Ire]‘Flann O’Brien’ ‘City Haul’ in Hair of the Dogma (1989) 69: They are night and day besieged by the ‘elected representatives’ to get jobs for their go-boys.
[Ire](con. 1890s) S. O’Casey Pictures in the Hallway 15: An’ don’t let a few goboys sthruttin’ round spoil it all be thryin’ to keep a mad an’ miserable sinner as leader of the holy Irish people.
[Can]R. Caron Go-Boy! 31: You’re just as responsible for that Go-Boy as I am and don’t you forget it.
[Ire]H. Leonard Out After Dark 37: The elders of the town knew us to be what they called ‘proper go-boys’, bent on whatever sins best belonged in the dark.
D. Healy A Goat’s Song cap. 19: ‘Them lads are all go-boys,’ he complained, ‘they’ll have my field destroyed’ .

2. an escapee, successful or otherwise.

[Can]R. Caron Go-Boy! 47: Although the majority of escapes were doomed to failure [...] Go-Boys still persisted, year after year, in desperate attempts to regain their lost freedom.

3. see gofer n.

go-’long (n.) [one has no choice but to fig. or lit. go along]

1. (US black) consequences, inevitable developments, circumstances; thus be caught in the go-’long, to be a victim of circumstances.

[US] ‘Sl. among Nebraska Negroes’ in AS XIII:4 Dec. 317/1: To be caught in the go ’long means to be an unfortunate victim of circumstances.
[US](con. WWII) J.O. Killens And Then We Heard The Thunder (1964) 311: These damn Japs got the old man in the go-long.

2. (US black) the police truck in which arrested people are taken to the local cells.

[US]Z.N. Hurston ‘Story in Harlem Sl.’ in Novels and Stories (1995) 1006: I seen you two mullet-heads before. I was uptown when Joe Brown had you all in the go-long last night.

In phrases

go... (v.)

1. see also separate entries.

2. see also under relevant n. or adj.

go after it (v.)

(US black) to smoke marijuana.

[US]G. Pelecanos Way Home (2009) 145: Ben loved to get after it, but he only smoked occasionally.
go alone (v.)

to be wary or cautious, to be experienced.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 4 Oct. 17/1: [N]o particulars could be got from Jimmy, who knew how to ‘go alone,’ and would only repeat, ‘No play, no pay.’.
go from the fists (v.) (also go from the shoulders)

(US black) to fight.

[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 4: Expressions like [...] go from the shoulders (fight) [...] have been common currency among blacks for some time. [Ibid.] 104: The largest number of fight terms deals with fist-fights (to [...] cuff, to go from the fists).
go from the Y (v.)

see under Y n.

go in on (v.)

(US) to attack physically.

[US]N.Y. Daily Trib. 18 Sept. 5/6: [The rowdies stand] at the bar inside drinking rot gut and ready to ‘go in’ on anyone who [differs] from them politically.
go into (v.)

to take advantage of, to obtain money from.

[UK]F. Norman Bang To Rights 137: The only thing left for me to do was go into the old dear again.
go like... (v.)

see separate entry.

go one’s death (v.)

(US) to do one’s utmost for, to risk one’s all on, to bet to the limit.

[US]D. Crockett Sketches and Eccentricities 39: Sal jumped up, spun around, and swore she could ‘go her death’ upon a jig.
go out (v.)

1. to die.

[US]R.E. Howard ‘Fist and Fang’ Fight Stories May [Internet] I was fighting for the privilege of me and my pard going out clean.

2. see separate entry.

go the whole… (v.)

see separate entry.

go to… (v.)

see also under relevant n. or adj.

have someone going (v.)

to excite sexually, to render infatuated.

[US]Alaska Citizen 28 Aug. 7/2: When Corkerina went home she had the Sleekest Thing going like a runaway freight train.
[US]J. Callahan Man’s Grim Justice 139: The blonde had me going.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

don’t (even) go there (also you don’t want to go there)

(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.

[US]Eble Campus Sl. Apr. 2: don’t go there/ don’t even go there – refusal to discuss a topic or continue a conversation.
[UK]‘Q’ Deadmeat 311: You better back off. Don’t go there. Don’t go there.
[US]Da Bomb [Internet] 9: Don’t even go there: Do not say that.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Apr.
[US]G. Pelecanos Right As Rain 103: ‘You don’t want to go there do you?’ ‘Not really.’.
[Ire]P. Howard Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightdress 1: Christian’s looking at her, going, Do not even go there?
[UK]K. Richards Life 69: There was this certain ‘Don’t go there’ with rock and roll, glossy photographs and silly suits.
[US]C. Eble (ed.) UNC-CH Campus Sl. Spring 2014 Fall .
go backward(s) (v.) [the position of the anus + the usu. siting of the privy at the back of the house]

to visit an outdoor privy.

[UK]J. Dalton Narrative of Street-Robberies 46: He fearing he should be detected, pretended to go backwards, and left her to tell over the Money herself.
[UK]Smollett Roderick Random (1979) 51: About midnight, my companion’s bowels being disordered, he got up in order to go backward.
[UK]J.S. Le Dran’s Observations in Surgery 164: The Patient being pressed to go backwards went behind his tent [F&H].
go beyond (v.) [‘beyond’ the world one knows]

(Anglo-Irish) to suffer judicial transportation.

W. Carelton Rory the Rover n.p.: You will go beyant, and no mistake at all [DSUE].
go by hand (v.)

(US tramp) to travel on foot (as opposed to train).

[US]A.J. Barr Let Tomorrow Come 42: I go by hand all day an’ make a blind along about dark.
[US]Irwin Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 87: Go by Hand. – To walk; a painfully slow and laborious method of progression as compared with travel by train.
[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 83/2: Go by hand. (Hobo) To walk.
go by the wall (n.)

a strong ale.

[UK]W. Harrison Description of England 150: There is such headie ale [...] commonlie called huffe-cappe, the mad dog, father-whoresome, angels food, dragons milke, go-by-the-wall, stride-wide, and lift-leg.
go ham (v.)

2010s US campus to put in maximum effort, lit. go hard as a motherfucker.

[US]C. Eble UNC-CH Campus Sl. Spring 2016 5: GO HAM — go hard as a motherfucker act with intensity or extreme emotion: ‘I went ham on the dance floor when my favorite song came on’.
go hard in the paint (sfx) [basketball imagery]

(US campus/tee) to put in maximum effort.

Urban Dict. 30 Mar. [Internet] When we saw Dason had put on his best suit and matching Tag Heuer timepiece, we knew he going hard in the paint to his job interview .
[US]C. Eble UNC-CH Campus Sl. Spring 2016 5: GO HARD IN THE PAINT — do with the greatest skill, effort, and dexterity.

In exclamations

go girl! (also Y.G.G! you go! you go girl!)

(orig. US black/campus) an excl. of encouragement among young women.

[US]Eble Campus Sl. Apr. 6: you go girl – expression of congratulations, approval.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Apr. 9: you go! – expression of amazement, encouragement, congratulations.
Online Sl. Dict. [Internet] you go girl 1. phrase of encouragement, used alone. (‘You go girl!’).
[UK]Indep. Rev. 8 July 4: Airey, currently C5 programming director, is tipped to be BBC1’s new controller [...] Go, girl!
[US]C. Eble (ed.) UNC-CH Campus Sl. Spring 2014 16: Y.G.G. — < You go, girl! Expression of support or encouragement.
Politico 16 May [Internet] We are surrounded as never before by lean-inners and you-go-girlers cheering on women.