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. When used in the past tense, 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