go(ing) to town

go to town

1. To act with great energy and/or enthusiasm. We had only planned to paint one room over the weekend, but we went to town and wound up painting the whole upstairs instead!
2. To do something to excess or in an uninhibited manner. The kids sure went to town on those cupcakes—there's none left.
See also: go, to, town
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

go(ing) to town

To do something successfully and/or with great enthusiasm. A nineteenth-century Americanism, this expression probably originally alluded to the special treat of a trip to town for rural folks. “Chocolate creams are one of the things I am fondest of. I was feeling low and I went to town,” said a character in Erle Stanley Gardner’s The Case of the Silent Partner, indicating he had eaten a great many of them.
See also: to, town
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