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1. To physically travel through something. Once you go through this corridor, turn right.
2. To be initially screened or handled by another person. All of my calls go through my secretary, and I never got a message that you called.
3. To scrutinize something; to look at something very carefully. We need to go through these files with a fine-tooth comb to find that missing paperwork. Make sure to go through your thesis completely before you hand it in—you don't want your advisors wading through proofreading errors, do you?
4. To do something that one had planned or promised, in spite of difficulties, hesitations, or a concerning outcome. Always followed by "with (something)." Are you sure you want to go through with this? If the investment doesn't pan out, you could lose everything. She still went through with her decision to start her own business, even though it meant sacrificing her lucrative career.
5. To endure something unpleasant or difficult. I'm so sorry that you had to go through such a traumatic experience.
6. Of food, to leave one's body as waste soon after being ingested. Is the bathroom free? Food like that just goes right through me.
7. To penetrate something. If that rusty nail went through the skin, we better get you to the hospital.
8. To rehearse or practice something. We need to go through our lines before we take the stage.
9. To be approved. How long will it take our contract to go through?
10. To deplete a supply of something. Wow, the kids went through all those cupcakes already?
11. To be successfully transmitted and received, as of phone calls or emails. Are anyone's calls going through? I sent that email last night but it looks like it didn't go through.
12. To continue to the next stage of something. If we win this round, we go through to the championship! I hope I go through to the next round of interviews.
go through (one)
1. To use an intermediary, rather than talking to someone or doing something directly. You won't be able to talk to the CEO directly—you need to go through his administrative assistant.
2. Of food, drink, or medicine, to be rapidly excreted from the body (as urine or feces) very soon after being ingested. A shortening of "go (right) through one like a dose of salts," which refers to the use of Epsom salts as a laxative. I try not to drink more than one cup of coffee because it just goes right through me. I love Indian food, but I eat it so infrequently that when I do, it goes through me.
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go (right) through someoneand go through someone like a dose of the salts
Fig. [for something] to be excreted very soon after being eaten; [for something] to go immediately through the alimentary canal of a person. (Use with discretion.) No, thanks. This stuff just goes right through me. The coffee went through me like a dose of salts.
go through someone or something
[for something sharp] to penetrate someone or something. The sword went through the knight cleanly and quickly. The nail went through all three boards.
go through someone
1. Lit. to travel through someone's body; to go (right) through someone. That medicine went right through me.
2. Fig. to work through someone; to use someone as an intermediary. I can't give you the permission you seek. You will have to go through our main office. I have to go through the treasurer for all expenditures.
go through something
1. to search through something. She went through his pants pockets, looking for his wallet. He spent quite a while going through his desk, looking for the papers.
2. to use up all of something rapidly. We have gone through all the aspirin again! How can you go throughyour allowance so fast?
3. [for something] to pass through an opening. The piano wouldn't go through the door. Do you think that such a big truck can go through the tunnel under the river?
4. to pass through various stages or processes. The pickles went through a number of processes before they were packed. Johnny is going through a phase where he wants everything his way.
5. to work through something, such as an explanation or story. I went through my story again, carefully and in great detail. I would like to go through it again, so I can be sure to understand it.
6. to experience or endure something. You can't believe what I've gone through. Mary has gone through a lot lately.
7. to rehearse something; to practice something for performance. They went through the second act a number of times. We need to go through the whole play a few more times.
to be approved; to succeed in getting through the approval process. I sent the board of directors a proposal. I hope it goes through. We all hope that the new law goes through.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Examine carefully, as in I went through all the students' papers. [Mid-1600s]
2. Experience, undergo, suffer, as in We went through hell trying to find an answer. [Early 1700s]
3. Perform; also, rehearse for performance. For example, I went through the sonata in ten minutes, or Let's go through the third act again. [Mid-1700s]
4. Use up, complete, as in The children went through all the milk we bought in one day. [Mid-1900s]
5. Succeed, be approved, as in I'm sure this new deal will go through. [Late 1800s]
6. go through with. Complete, carry out, as in They got engaged last year, but I'm not sure they'll go through with the wedding. [Mid-1500s]
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 move or proceed into or within something, especially completely or from one side to the other: We turned on our headlights when we went through the tunnel. The ink went through the paper and stained the table. The larger fish got caught in the net, but the smaller fish went right through. We went through the field gathering flowers.
2. To form a path within something, especially completely or from one side to the other: The tunnel goes through the mountain. Only one path goes through this forest.
3. To send a message or signal successfully: My telephone calls aren't going through. I sent two e-mails, but neither went through.
4. To use someone or something as an intermediary for interacting or communicating: All of our customers' orders go through our sales department. Don't buy a car from them—go through a reputable dealer. If you need to contact me, go through my office.
5. To proceed to the next stage of a process or event: The winner of this match will go through to the finals.
6. To be accepted or enacted after going through an approval procedure. Used of proposals: If the new law goes through, we won't be able to park on that side of the street anymore.
7. To examine each of some set of things: I went through the students' papers, looking for the best one. Someone has been going through my mail without permission.
8. To review or search something completely: The lawyer went through the documents but couldn't find any useful information. I went through the drawer trying to find the earring I lost.
9. To experience something, especially something negative: We went through some tough times when my father lost his job. All our products go through months of testing. They went through a lot to get you that gift, so you'd better thank them.
10. To perform something from start to finish: The violinist went through the sonata in 30 minutes. Let's go through the dance from the beginning.
11. To use something until there is no more of it remaining; use something up: I went through an entire pack of cigarettes in two hours. My dogs go through two bags of food a week.
12. go through with To finish something, especially something difficult or which one does not want to do: We intended to eat the rabbit once it got big enough, but after the children gave it a name, we just couldn't go through with it. I decided not to go through with the surgery after I discovered how dangerous it was.
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