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go to town

1. To act with great energy and/or enthusiasm. We had only planned to paint one room over the weekend, but we went to town and wound up painting the whole upstairs instead!
2. To do something to excess or in an uninhibited manner. The kids sure went to town on those cupcakes—there's none left.
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go to town

 
1. Lit. to travel into town or a city. I have to go to town today.
2. Fig. to work hard or very effectively. Look at all those ants working. They are really going to town. Come on, you guys. Let's go to town. We have to finish this job before noon.
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go to town

Also, go to town on.
1. Do something efficiently and energetically. For example, She really went to town, not only developing and printing the film but making both mat and frame . [Early 1900s]
2. Act without restraint, overindulge, as in He went to town on the hors d'oeuvres, finishing nearly all of them. [Early 1900s]
3. Be successful, as in After months of hard work, their business is really going to town. [Mid-1900s]
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go to town

If you go to town, you do something with a lot of enthusiasm or energy, trying to make it as good as possible and often spending a lot of money. You could really go to town and give her a night at the Sheraton at the Mother's Day rate of $120. I felt I could go to town a bit more in here as it's a room we only use on special occasions. Note: You can also say that you go to town on something to mean that you use a lot of it, do a lot of it, or spend a lot of money on it. French people also go to town on food for this special day. The author resists the temptation to go to town on the details of the murder.
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go to town

do something thoroughly or extravagantly, with a great deal of energy and enthusiasm. informal
1996 Dougie Brimson & Eddie Brimson Everywhere We Go: Behind the Matchday Madness When there is a major incident, the press still go to town and we are bombarded with graphic images of bloody faces.
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go to ˈtown (on/over something)

(informal) put a lot of money, energy, etc. into something: When they give parties they really go to town (= spend a lot of money, invite a lot of people, etc.).She decided to go to town and redecorate all the rooms in the house.
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go to town

in. to do something with gusto; to do something with great speed and energy. The main office is really going to town on collecting overdue payments.
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The Viking Goes to Town program has been very popular among participating vendors because it costs them nothing and it helps to encourage repeat business.
currency at participating stores during the week of the Viking Goes to Town program.
McDonald's is excited to be participating in Viking Goes to Town and we expect the program to motivate Viking employees to visit our restaurant more frequently," said Anthony Nichols, manager of the Rancho Santa Margarita McDonald's.
Deeds Goes to Town, Five Easy Pieces, Napoleon, Papillon and Deliverance, among others.
The Viking Goes to Town program was highly popular last year among our employees and participating vendors," said Glenn McCusker, Viking founder and co-chief executive officer.
Trader Joe's is looking forward to being a part of Viking Goes to Town.
One example is "Genentech Goes to Town," a program where employees are given $25 in "GenenMoney" to spend in its hometown city of South San Francisco.