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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theygo for
he/she/itgoes for
present participlegoing for
past tensewent for
past participlegone for
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  1. 1
    go for something informal to try to get something that you have to compete for

    There were 200 people going for just three jobs.

    1. a.
      go for it spoken used for encouraging someone to do something or to try very hard
  2. 2
    go for someone/something informal to like a particular type of person or thing

    I don’t really go for horror movies.

    So what type of men do you go for?

  3. 3
    go for something informal to choose a particular thing

    I think I’ll go for the steak. What are you having?

  4. 4
    go for someone informal to attack someone physically

    His dog looked as if it was about to go for me.

    1. a.
      to criticize someone strongly

      We had a row and I really went for him.

  5. 5
    go for something to be sold for a particular amount of money

    We expect the house to go for about $200,000.

  6. 6
    go for someone/something to go somewhere in order to get someone or something

    She’s just gone for the kids – she’ll be back any minute.

    I’m going to go for a newspaper.

  7. 7
    go for someone/something to be true or relevant for someone or something

    We expect you boys to behave yourselves, and the same goes for the girls.

  8. 8
    if a person or thing has something going for them, they have an advantage, skill, or other positive quality
    have something going for you:

    With its wide variety and low prices, the new store has a lot going for it.

  9. 9
    go for nothing to achieve nothing, or to be completely wasted

    I’d have hated for all that work to go for nothing.

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