make a go of something

make a go of (something)

To attempt to achieve success with something, often a relationship or career, through one's best effort. The phrase often implies that at least some success was achieved. We went to different schools, but we were able to make a go of the long distance relationship. Being a dancer doesn't pay well, but it was my dream, so I tried my best to make a go of it.
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make a go of something

INFORMAL
If you make a go of something such as a business or a relationship, you are successful with it. If she shows real devotion to music, it is very likely that she will make a go of it as a profession. I still want to make a go of this marriage if you do.
See also: make, of, something

make a ˈgo of something

(informal) be successful in something: We’ve had quite a few problems in our marriage, but we’re both determined to make a go of it.
See also: make, of, something