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go into (something)
1. To enter some place or thing. Let's go into the church before the ceremony starts. The nail went into the wall with a few taps of the hammer.
2. To join a particular profession or enter a particular field of study. I'm thinking about going into law, but I want to see what else is out there. I can't believe he went into med school after college when he's so clearly an artist at heart.
3. To explain or discuss something at length. I'm too tired to go into the details right now, but I'll give you the full story tomorrow.
4. To succumb to a certain condition. Oh, don't go into despair—you're a great student, and this is just one bad grade. I think I went into denial after everything that happened.
5. To visit a particular location. I'm going into the city this afternoon if you want to join me.
6. To be a factor of a certain number, as when doing division. How many times does two go into eight?
7. To fit into something. Nothing else can go into the closet right now, unless you want an avalanche the next time you open it.
8. To strike or touch something, usually accidentally. Be careful, or your thumb will go right into the icing on the cake!
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
go into something
1. and go in Lit. to enter something; to penetrate something. The needle went into the vein smoothly and painlessly. It went in with no trouble.
2. Fig. to enter some line of business or a profession. Hewentinto accounting when he got out of college. Iwant to prepare to go into law enforcement.
3. . Fig. to examine or study something; to discuss and explain something. (See also .) I need to go into this more. When we have time, we need to go into this question more thoroughly.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Enter somewhere or something; also fit inside something. For example, Don't go into this building, or The tractor is too big to go into the shed. [c. a.d. 1000]
2. Enter a particular state or condition, as in She's about to go into hysterics, or I'm afraid he went into a coma. [Second half of 1600s]
3. Enter a profession or line of work, as in She decided to go into politics. [Early 1800s] For synonyms, see go in for, def. 2; take up.
4. Investigate or discuss, especially in detail. For example, We haven't time to go into the entire history of the project. [Early 1800s] Also see enter into, def. 4. Also see the subsequent entries beginning with go into.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To enter something: They went into the tunnel and emerged from the other side an hour later. I went into my suitcase to get my toothbrush. I am going into my final year at school, so I need to start looking for a job.
2. To go to some central or particular location: I'll go into the office on Saturday and finish the report. I went into town to buy some clothing. The car went into the shop for repairs.
3. To impact something, especially unintentionally: I swerved and went into the stop sign.
4. To be invested in some activity: A lot of work has gone into this project. How much money went into fixing the roads last year?
5. To be added to something: In this cake recipe, the sugar goes into the batter before the flour.
6. To be able to enter something; to fit in something: My suitcases won't go into the overhead compartment.
7. To be a factor of some number: Five goes into fifteen three times.
8. To discuss or investigate something: The book doesn't go into any of the culture's religious practices. They said they could solve the problem, but they refused to go into the details.
9. To undertake as a profession or course of study: After I graduate, I'm going into the family business. I plan to go into law.
10. To come to be in some condition: Both patients went into a coma. The audience went into fits of laughter. We went into debt to send the children to college. The company is going into decline.
11. To begin to undergo some process or use: Two hundred more airplanes will soon go into production. A new coin went into circulation yesterday.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.