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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.
  2. 2
    go for someone/something informal to like a particular type of person or thing
    I don’t really go for horror films.
    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 shop 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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