Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
1. To visit some place. I'm going over to Eddie's house, Mom—see you later!
2. To review something. Can you go over these instructions again? I'm still a little confused.
3. To generate a particular reaction; to be received in some way. Unfortunately, our proposal did not go over well with the board, and I doubt they'll approve it.
4. To inspect someone or something thoroughly. We need to go over every inch of this house to find my engagement ring!
5. To rehearse or practice something. We need to go over our lines before we take the stage.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
go over (to some place)
to travel some distance or cross water to get to some place. We went over to Cedar Point and spent the day having fun. John went over to the other side of the stadium for the rest of the tournament.
go over (well)
[for someone or something] to be accepted or well received. The party went over very well. The play really went over with the audience.
go over someone or something
to examine someone or something. The doctor will go over you very carefully, I'm sure. I went over the papers and found nothing wrong.
go over something (with someone)
to review or explain something. The teacher went over the lesson with the class. Can you please go over it again, more slowly?
Euph. to leave one's country and go to ideologically opposed or enemy country; to defect. When the ballet company visited New York, two of the dancers went over. He had been spying for the Americans for many years, and he finally went over.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Examine, review. For example, They went over the contract with great care, or I think we should go over the whole business again. This term originated in the late 1500s, then meaning "consider in sequence."
2. Gain acceptance or approval, succeed, as in I hope the play goes over. This term is sometimes elaborated to go over big or go over with a bang for a big success, and go over like a lead balloon for a dismal failure. [Early 1900s]
3. Rehearse, as in Let's go over these lines one more time. [Second half of 1700s]
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 go to a place: Let's go over to the store and buy a snack. My friend was feeling lonely, so I went over and cheered him up.
2. To examine or review something: We'll go over last week's lesson before we start a new one.
3. To search something thoroughly: I went over my entire room, but I couldn't find my wallet.
4. To perform an action on the entire surface of something: The table still looked dusty, so I went over it with a damp cloth.
5. To gain acceptance or garner a reaction or opinions: The new movie went over superbly. I think your criticism went over well.
6. go over with To gain acceptance or garner a reaction or opinions from someone: We weren't sure if our play would go over with the critics. Our comments went over badly with the press.
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.
1. n. an examination. I gave your car a good going over, and I fixed a lot of little things.
2. n. a beating. After a going over like that, the guy spent two weeks in the hospital.
McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.