Definition of Have a go

1. Verb. Make an attempt at something. "I never sat on a horse before but I'll give it a go"

Exact synonyms: Give It A Try
Generic synonyms: Assay, Attempt, Essay, Seek, Try

Definition of Have a go

1. Verb. (intransitive informal) To make an attempt; to try. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive informal idiomatic UK) To attack (physically). ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive informal idiomatic UK) To tell off (especially unnecessarily or excessively), to criticise. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Have A Go

have a ball
have a bath
have a bone in one's leg
have a bone to pick
have a break
have a bun in the oven
have a clue
have a couple
have a cow
have a crack at
have a crow to pull
have a dog in this fight
have a few
have a fit
have a frog in one's throat
have a go (current term)
have a go at it
have a good one
have a good time
have a handle on
have a head for
have a heart
have a laugh
have a look
have a look-see
have a mind like a sieve
have a mind of one's own
have a mountain to climb
have a nice day
have a pair

Literary usage of Have a go

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Word Savvy: Integrated Vocabulary, Spelling & Word Study, Grades 3-6 by Max Brand (2004)
"And also doing Have a Go, and go through the whole word before going to the next, ... If I don't know how to spell a vocabulary word, I will use Have a Go, ..."

2. The Bar Sinister by Richard Harding Davis (1903)
"dogs from all over the province to have a go at me; but up to that night none, under thirty pounds, had ever downed me. But that night, so soon as they ..."

3. The Living Age by Making of America Project, Eliakim Littell, Robert S. Littell (1909)
"Let's turn it out and have a go at it. I They clear a table and turn the contents of the box out in a confused heap of little wooden slabs, of irregular ..."

4. Outing (1893)
"If, however, he "went up" again in the next October in order to have a go at the trials, and should be successful, he could return here about Christmas-time ..."

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