go to town


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go to town

 
1. Lit. to travel into town or a city. I have to go to town today.
2. Fig. to work hard or very effectively. Look at all those ants working. They are really going to town. Come on, you guys. Let's go to town. We have to finish this job before noon.
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go to town

Also, go to town on.
1. Do something efficiently and energetically. For example, She really went to town, not only developing and printing the film but making both mat and frame . [Early 1900s]
2. Act without restraint, overindulge, as in He went to town on the hors d'oeuvres, finishing nearly all of them. [Early 1900s]
3. Be successful, as in After months of hard work, their business is really going to town. [Mid-1900s]
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go to town

If you go to town, you do something with a lot of enthusiasm or energy, trying to make it as good as possible and often spending a lot of money. You could really go to town and give her a night at the Sheraton at the Mother's Day rate of $120. I felt I could go to town a bit more in here as it's a room we only use on special occasions. Note: You can also say that you go to town on something to mean that you use a lot of it, do a lot of it, or spend a lot of money on it. French people also go to town on food for this special day. The author resists the temptation to go to town on the details of the murder.
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go to town

in. to do something with gusto; to do something with great speed and energy. The main office is really going to town on collecting overdue payments.
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Now, there's a subject with which a director could feel free to go to town, for she left neither paintings nor books, but only memories behind.
ON the morning of January 20 as I set off to go to town I could not believe my eyes.
I say 'we' because I can't go to town X if I know it won't be any good for my wife and kids.
MY husband and I use the park and ride bus from War Memorial Park whenever we go to town and I would just like to thank whoever was responsible concerning the change from West Midlands Centro to the De Courcey buses which now run from the War Memorial Park.
The younguns' hankering to go to town coincides with an apparent uprising from the creatures.
I really would like just to go to town and have a good look around.
Simply white out the face with face paint and go to town with a black eyeliner and eye make up to brush on the shadows and draw in the teeth.