Expressions With come and go

Here are some phrasal verbs based on come.

– Did the meeting you were planning ever come off? [take place]
– I don’t think his jokes ever quite come off. [succeed]
– When do the exam results come out? [be published, made public]
– The mark on the carpet won’t come out. [be removed]
– An important point came up at the meeting, [was raised]
– Please come round and see me sometime, [pay an informal visit]
– Nothing can come between him and football, [separate; be a barrier between]
– I came across a lovely old vase in that junk shop, [found by chance]
– How did you come by that bruise / that car? [receive, obtain]

Notice the large number of expressions with come to (usually with an idea of arriving at) and come into (often with an idea of starting). Where the meaning isn’t obvious, help is given in brackets.

come to: an agreement / a conclusion / a standstill [stop] / an end / a decision / blows [to start fighting] / to terms with [acknowledge and accept psychologically] / one’s senses [to become conscious after fainting or to become sensible after behaving foolishly]

come into: bloom / flower / contact / a fortune / money / a legacy / operation [start working] / sight / view / power [of a political party] / existence / fashion / use

Here are some phrasal verbs based on go. Some have a number of different meanings.

Go on: What is going on next door? [happening]; They went on working despite the noise, [continued]; As the weeks went on, things improved, [passed]; You go on, we’ll catch you up later, [go in advance]; The oven should go on at six. [start operating]; He’s always going on at me about my hair, [complaining].

Go through: I wouldn’t like to go through that again, [experience, endure]; Let’s go through the plans once more, [check]; Unfortunately, the business deal we were hoping for did not go through in the end. [was not completed or approved]; He went through a fortune in one weekend, [spent, used]

Go for: He really went for her when she dared to criticise him. [attack]; He goes for older women, [is attracted by]; Which course have you decided to go for? [choose]
Those shoes don’t go with that dress, [suit, match]
The alarm went off when the burglars tried to open the door, [rang]
He would never go back on his word, [break a promise]

Here are some expressions based on go.

– Let me have a go! [Let me have a turn or try!]
– I hope they’ll make a go of the business, [make a success of]
– He’s been on the go all day and he’s exhausted, [very busy, on the move]
– It goes without saying that we’ll all support you. [clear without being said]
– Your work is good, as far as it goes, [but is limited or insufficient]
– The story goes that they were once very close friends. [It is said that…]
– I’m sure she’ll go far. [be very successful]
– They went to great lengths to keep it a secret, [took a lot of trouble]
– The business has gone bankrupt. [not got enough money to pay debts]