go after


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go after (someone or something)

1. To do something after someone else does. Karen was in line first, so you can go on the ride after her.
2. To pursue someone or something. Todd seemed pretty upset when he ran out, so I'll go after him and see how he's doing. Sarah's always been one to go after her dreams, so I'm not surprised she's such a successful businesswoman now.
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go after someone, something

 , or an animal
1. Lit. to pursue someone, something, or an animal. (See also go after someone.) The dogs went after the burglar. I went after the gang that took my wallet.
2. Fig. to charge or attack someone or an animal. The bear went after the hunters and scared them off. Then the bear went after the hunting dogs and killed two.
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go after someone

to investigate someone or something for possible criminal prosecution. The prosecutor went after Max first, knowing that Max was the gang leader. The police detectives went after the whole gang.
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go after

Pursue, try to get, as in The officer went after the burglar; or Ed was going after a new job with a vengeance. [Mid-1400s]
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go after

v.
1. To depart later than some specific time: Don't go after 7:00, because the store will be closed.
2. To perform an activity after someone else: Since we have only one shower, I go after my brother, and my sister goes after me.
3. To chase or pursue someone or something: The dogs went after the cats down the alley.
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