go for

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go for (third-person singular simple present goes for, present participle going for, simple past went for, past participle gone for)

  1. Used other than figuratively or idiomatically: see go,‎ for.
    I'll go for some milk.
    If John goes for three days without sleep, he will be very tired.
    I need to go for a checkup at the clinic.
    Tickets are going for upwards of $100.
  2. (transitive) To try for, to attempt to reach.
    I'll go for the world record.
    Go for it!
  3. (transitive) To undertake (an action); to choose an option.
    His phone was off so I couldn't ask his permission, so I decided to just go for it.
    I'll go for a swim if it's warm enough.
    I went for the pay-as-you-go plan.
  4. (transitive) To attack.
    Careful, he'll go for your throat!
  5. (transitive) To develop a strong interest in, especially in a sudden manner; to be infatuated with.
    • 2007 September 28, Graham Linehan, The IT Crowd, Season 2, Episode 6:
      Douglas: Well done on passing the test, Jen... Yes, all those clumsy attempts at seduction. Don't tell me you couldn't see through them. They were a test to find out whether you really wanted to work for me or whether you just wanted to come up here for my body.
      Jen: Oh, no, no, no, no, no, not at all.
      Douglas: All right.
      Jen: No, physically you're just not the sort of man I go for.
      Douglas: Yeah, thanks, Jen.
      Jen: I go for the classically good-looking men: Blond, broad, and generally clean shaven.
      Douglas: Alright, yeah, enough of the jibber-jabber!
    Clyde took one look at Bonnie and really went for her.
  6. To favor, accept; to have a preference for.
    Management won't go for such a risky project now.
    Do you want to climb the mountain with me?
    Yeah, I could go for that.
  7. (transitive) To apply equally to.
    Stop taking my food from the fridge! That goes for you too, Nick!
    What I'm about to say goes for all of you.
    My wife hates football, and that goes for me as well.
  8. (transitive) To suffice to be used for; to serve as.
    It's a desk that goes for a dresser too.

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