to go after



Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - go after

"to go after someone"

to try to catch or stop someone or something

 

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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - go after

"to go after someone"

to try to arrest or apprehend someone

 

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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - go after

"to go after something"

to try to get something that others are also trying to get

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - go after

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Where is your girlfriend going?

Friend 2:  What do I care? She just got really upset with me and left.

Friend 1:  Aren't you going to go after her?

Friend 2:  What's the point. Even if I could catch up with her, she is really angry and I would probably just makes the situation worse.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - go after

Two law enforcement officers are talking ...

Officer 1:  Are we ready to arrest the big crime boss yet?

Officer 2:  I don't think we have enough evidence to go after him yet.

Officer 1:  Then let's get more evidence.


Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - go after

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Have you seen that exciting new internal job posting?

Colleague 2:  Do you mean the marketing job in Tahiti?

Colleague 2:  That's the one. Are you going to go after it?

Colleague 1:  Sure, me and twenty other staff members will be pursuing that position.





to go after - Usage:

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to go after - Gerund Form:

Going after your young child when they are running away in a supermarket is a good idea.

Going after criminals is what the police do.

Going after the next promotion is hard work.



to go after - Examples:

1)  The cops also rarely go after the computer players.

2)  If they could go after me, they might go after any of us.

3)  ... so by your reasoning Canadians would leave it in the ground and go after cheaper oil from the ground.

4)  The Patriot Act allows use of those same court-approved tools to go after terrorists.

5)  ... property, work, bank accounts, and other assets that the creditor can go after to get paid.

6)  The Dodgers aren't going after guys that they actually need to fill holes, they're just adding to strengths ...

7)  It's clear the Detroit automaker is going after the hybrid juggernaut that is the Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid with this one.

8)  He then reveals his motivation for going after the gang and making up the story of his wife's death.

9)  India sure is ambitious, going after the top computing spot and looking to boost their space plans toward Mars.

10)  India sure is ambitious, going after the top computing spot and looking to boost their space plans toward Mars.

11)  Big difference is that Israel goes after squads rocket gunners and goes out of way to avoid civilian casualties.

12)  An optimist is someone who goes after Moby Dick in a rowboat and takes the tartar sauce with him.

13)  Domestic violence victims and their children are most vulnerable. Because the abuser always goes after custody of the children it their way of keeping control and using the Court to ...

14)  He waits until his wife and kids are in the ground and then he goes after the rest of the mob. He kills their kids, he kills their wives ...

15)  I understand the press goes after ratings but they went way too far.

16)  I think these women are awful if they knowingly went after a married man.

17)  Even after they found out that the car was not stolen, they went after this guy and shot him 32 times.

18)  ... not their fabulous clothes, but the fact that they are two moms who went after their dream.

19)  The moment they went after you, you should have started taking out eyeballs.

20)  They went after the observation post and pinned it down.