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go for (something)

1. To go (to some place) in order to get something. I'm going for coffee. Do you want one? Would you mind going for bread? We're all out.
2. To undertake some activity, especially a physically active one, that involves leaving one's current location. I think I'll go for a run in the morning. Why don't we all go for a bike ride this weekend?
3. To bring in a certain amount of money when sold. These computers usually go for around $3,000, so you're getting a really good deal. I heard their house went for £1.5 million.
4. To last, endure, or continue to function for some amount of time. Those old mobile phones could go for days at a time without needing to be charged. I was so broke that I once went for nearly a month eating nothing but beans and rice.
5. To attempt to achieve or obtain some goal, objective, status, etc. I'm going for a PhD in applied physics. If you really want to become a writer, then you should just go for it, dude.
6. To compete for some goal or prize. She's going for a gold medal in the 100-meter dash this afternoon. It really knocks your confidence down a peg to see how many actors are going for the same tiny role as you.
7. To opt for something; to choose some option. I just went for a basic laptop in the end. I really didn't need some fancy high-end PC. I think I'll go for the lasagna. What do you think you'll order?
8. To attack, strike, or aim for some particular part or point. The assailant went straight for the neck of his victim. OK, team, we're nearing our target. Remember to go for the turrets mounted along the top of the fortress.
9. To accept, welcome, or choose to support something. I'd love to work from home full-time, but my boss wouldn't go for that. My parents seem to be going for the idea of me spending the summer in Maine with my cousins.
10. To desire to do or have something. Usually used after "could." I could really go for a cheeseburger right about now! Let's take a 10-minute break. I think we all could go for a little fresh air and a stretch of the legs.
11. To like, enjoy, or prefer something. I've never really gone for romantic comedies, to be honest. Tom had always gone for sports growing up, but after he left college his interest waned quite a bit.
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go for it

To put forth the necessary effort or energy to do or pursue something, especially in the face of any doubt or trepidation. Often used as words of encouragement. Sam: "I'm thinking of asking Dave out on a date, but what if he says no?" Mike: "Just go for it, dude! You'll never know unless you ask!" I knew I wouldn't win the marathon, but I still went for it with everything I had.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

Go for it!

Inf. Go ahead! Give it a good try! Sally: I'm going to try out for the basketball team. Do you think I'm tall enough? Bob: Sure you are! Go for it! Bob: Mary can't quit now! She's almost at the finish line! Bill: Go for it, Mary!
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

go for it

COMMON If you go for it, you make a big effort to achieve something or you decide to do something. When you set the right goals for yourself, you will feel ready and willing to go for it. Don't throw away your chances — just go for it!
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

go for it

strive to the utmost to gain or achieve something (often said as an exhortation). informal
2005 Dance Magazine Remember: ultimate success depends on being able to identify what is—and isn't—working in your life. Then go for it!
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

ˈgo for it

(spoken) used for encouraging somebody to try and achieve something that is difficult or considered difficult: Don’t listen to him, Jeannie, go for it! How will you ever know unless you try?
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

Go for it!

exclam. Do it!; Try it! It looked like something I wanted to do, so I decided to go for it.
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

go for it

Try your hardest; aim to win. This slangy imperative appears to have originated in college sports events in the second half of the twentieth century and was soon transferred to all kinds of enterprise. President Ronald Reagan used it in the mid-1980s to exhort Congress to pass tax reform. A more specifically athletic event gave rise to the related go for the gold, an Olympic slogan of 1980 urging athletes to aim for the gold (highest) medal. That may be dying out, but the slightly older term is fast becoming a cliché.
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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