go on

Definitions

  • A Yank going on leave
    A Yank going on leave
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v go on come to pass "What is happening?","The meeting took place off without an incidence","Nothing occurred that seemed important"
    • v go on continue talking "I know it's hard," he continued, "but there is no choice","carry on--pretend we are not in the room"
    • v go on start running, functioning, or operating "the lights went on","the computer came up"
    • v go on move forward, also in the metaphorical sense "Time marches on"
    • v go on continue a certain state, condition, or activity "Keep on working!","We continued to work into the night","Keep smiling","We went on working until well past midnight"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

I Won't Go Through Town with Them Things On I Won't Go Through Town with Them Things On
IF I LETS THE BLIGHTERS GO THE CORPORAL'LL CUSS ME INTO 'EAPS. AN' IF I 'OLDS ON TO 'EM I'LL BREAK MY BLINKIN' NECK IF I LETS THE BLIGHTERS GO THE CORPORAL'LL CUSS ME INTO 'EAPS. AN' IF I 'OLDS ON TO 'EM I'LL BREAK MY BLINKIN' NECK

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the game of Monopoly, the most landed on properties are B&O Railroad, Illinois Avenue, and "Go."
    • Go on to proceed
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Quotations

  • Oscar Wilde
    Oscar%20Wilde
    “The youth of America is their oldest tradition. It has been going on now for three hundred years.”
  • Elizabeth Bowen
    Elizabeth%20Bowen
    “Art is the only thing that can go on mattering, once it has stopped hurting.”
  • Charles Lamb
    Charles%20Lamb
    “Don't introduce me to that man! I want to go on hating him, and I can't hate a man whom I know.”
  • Carl Sandburg
    Carl%20Sandburg
    “A baby is God's opinion that life should go on.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “People will go right on preferring to do business with friends.”
  • Al Capone
    Al Capone
    “My rackets are run on strictly American lines and they're going to stay that way.”

Idioms

Go easy on - 1. Don't use to much of something. Example:"Go easy on the ice, I just want a little bit in my drinks." (also "easy ice") or "Go easy on the gas--slow down!" (or "easy on the gas") 2. Don't demand too much, or be to critical, rough or hard on something or someone. Examples: "Go easy on her, she's had a hard day." or "Go easy on that car door--don't slam it!" or "The coach is going too easy on the team since that last big loss."
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Go off on a tangent - If someone goes off on a tangent, they change the subject completely in the middle of a conversation or talk.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. gán, contr. for gangan, to go; cf. Ger. gehen, Dut. gaan.

Usage

In literature:

They go on behind, and you wouldn't know it, sir.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
Let me say now, though, Sir John Meadows, how glad I am that you will buy the yacht and go on this cruise.
"Jack at Sea" by George Manville Fenn
All at once we heard a awful barking going on down there, and we seen what had happened.
"The Man Next Door" by Emerson Hough
We had the German shell falling near us while the siege was going on, and things went on just as usual.
"A Girl of the Commune" by George Alfred Henty
I do so want to go on the sea!
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
All hands were on deck letting sails go on the run into the lazy-jacks, and the big schooner swung broadside to the trough of the sea.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
And he knew that out there in a certain house on AEgydius Place something was also going on.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
We're going on a job that's going to be full of fun.
"The Peril Finders" by George Manville Fenn
He could do nothing without her but go on as he was going.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
If I can't go no other way, I'll go on a donkey, and I'll tell every one that's out.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
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In poetry:

Till with a sad and sudden smile
She rises up to go;
And from the open window springs
On to the grass below.
"Alexander And Zenobia" by Anne Bronte
"Our Father,"--"Our Father,"--"right,"
"That art in heaven," "go on!"
Jimmy repeated every word,
Until the prayer was done.
"The Dean's Brother" by John Hartley
Oh, I'd rather die thinking you love me
Than to go on thru life without you
And you with someone new
To go thru life with you
"Because I Love You" by Buddy Holly
And thro' the opening agony
Go on and know not where, beside
The mastery of my guardian guide,
Go on, and know not where or why;
"In War-Time: An Aspiration Of The Spirit" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
So may they through the hosts of ill
Go on from strength to strength, until
They win the peaceful Holy Hill:
GOD the SPIRIT, hear us.
"Confirmation Litany Hymn" by Samuel John Stone
Then let us press towards the goal,
The common goal of all mankind,
Go on, while seasons onward roll,
Nor cast one fainting look behind.
"New Year's Day" by Thomas Frederick Young

In news:

Jumped on the Big Sky coaches conference call today to listen to Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin, but since I'm a Montana grad, I also like to hear what's going on around the league.
To relieve shortages that can happen when regular donors go on vacation, a group of businesses in south Mobile County have planned a blood drive on Thursday, June 21.
Artist Zaya's vividly detailed images of Mongol warriors go on view at Shooting Gallery on Saturday.
There is no official word on whether or not the concert will be rescheduled, but as far this Saturday the show will not go on.
The book will go on sale around the world on Wednesday with an initial print run of a million copies.
Since a major recurring plot point of "Go On" centers on the sharing of one's feelings, it's only fair that we share our deepest darkest secret.
The tickets go on sale to the public May 11th but because you are a member of the XL Nation you get to buy your tickets at 10am on May 9th.
There's a big rivalry going on this weekend, both on and off the football field.
A man accused of going on a shooting spree in his Kissimmee home went on trial Tuesday.
Turn off lights, turn on water, NFL games go on.
Authors Matthew Iden and Kristin Levine came on Let's Talk Live to talk about a holiday book fair going on this Saturday at Grounded Coffee in Alexandria.
He suggests that she asks him to go on a few dates and she could hold out on the booty .
Miami Heat's Chris Bosh Books Cameo on NBC's 'Go On' (Exclusive).
New York Yankees will go on sale Tuesday on Orioles.com, the club announced.
On the other hand, Congress isn't too busy as it gets ready to go on recess.
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In science:

We go on to define a large class of new six dimensional non-gravitational theories with light open D-branes among their excitations.
OM Theory in Diverse Dimensions
Accepting for argument’s sake this heuristic description, we note that in order to have any effect on the black hole mass, these virtual particles must go on mass shell.
Black Holes Must Die
Let us study a simple example to see what is going on.
Left-Right Symmetric Models in Noncommutative Geometries?
We go on to explain that rings should be (a) sensitive to time-delay ratios between different pairs of images, but (b) very insensitive to H0 .
Beware the Non-uniqueness of Einstein Rings
Now let us go on to the π-flux model with random hopping amplitudes ( Eq.(3) ).
Singular Density of States of Disordered Dirac Fermions in the Chiral Models
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