to make a go of

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - make a go of

"to make a go of"

to achieve a successful outcome


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - make a go of

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: Do you think that Kendra can really make a go of her responsive digital customer service project?

Colleague 2: Absolutely. I believe she will make it a great success. She has the brains, determination and perseverance to do it. Besides, the industry is ready for innovation.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - make a go of

A couple are talking ...

Wife: Your mother is coming for a visit in two hours and the house is a disaster.

Husband: The let's get busy and get it cleaned up.

Wife: Do you think we can finish in time?

Husband: I believe we can certainly make a go of it. We should have the place at least respectable by the time she arrives.

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to make a go of - Gerund Form:

Making a go of their new business was more difficult than they thought.

to make a go of - Examples:

1)  I am sure we can make a go of this place... if we could just manage until next fall.

2)  Vancouver is a really tough city to make a go of it, especially given the real estate costs.

3)  I think you could definitely make a go of this career if you are passionate, however you would likely need to watch ...

4)  He was convinced he could make a go of it. I have no doubt John thought he was doing the right thing ...

5)  ... to build his first business accompanied by his shrewd Aunt Mattie I'll make a go of things, never fear. 

6)  Surely it doesn't need government handouts to make a go of it in Saskatchewan?

7)  ... so apparently our resource sector requires generous government supports to be able to make a go of it in the rough and tumble world of competitive capitalism. 

8)  ... markets and weather that have made it exceedingly difficult for beef producers to make a go of it.

9)  Tom tried very hard and for a very long time to make a go of it, and he's never given credit for that, is he?

10)  Whatever it is, I feel sure he will make a go of it. He has certainly been working very hard for other people for the ...

11)  I'm so glad you exceeded your goal and can really make a go of this! I also really admire you for sticking with it despite the obstacles ...

12)  The program to support entrepreneurs provided Phan with the skills he needed to make a go of it. 

13)  He is a young man determined to make a go of the tobacco farm he inherited when his mother and brother died.

14)  ... their contracts they were given assistance from the government to ensure they could make a go of farming and establishing themselves.

15)  ... remember, it still had owners and they didn't believe they could make a go of it after one year and folded.

16)  ... and yet, like NPR, they can't make a go of it without sizable and conflict-ridden donations.

17)  I decided that I would make a go of it and see what happens.

18)  IF you can not make a go of the business then you need to go out of business. Period. 

19)  ... starting to realise that it's now or never to try and make a go of turning my passion into my job.

20)  If you don't find a way to make a go of a popular media platform with a good following you probably aren't interested in ...