Definition of go all the (or the whole) way in English:

go all the (or the whole) way


  • 1Continue a course of action to its conclusion.

    ‘he urged European leaders to go all the way towards full European union’
    • ‘At the national convention two years ago, however, the leaders hesitated in going all the way in this direction.’
    • ‘When they do action, they go all the way.’
    • ‘The group didn't really play for six months although Rose and Dave were working on some material but they never went all the way with it.’
    • ‘Especially because they have advised him to go all the way without taking his coalition partners with him.’
    • ‘Where there are those who presently maintain that the President may only serve a few years of his third-year term, and then gracefully retire; there are others of course, who maintain that he will go the whole way.’
    • ‘If the latter course is followed, why not go all the way and form a Triple Alliance.’
    • ‘Many don't know if they want to work at an at-home job, or go all the way and start their own business.’
    • ‘If you're going to be charging everyone else involved, you might as well go all the way.’
    • ‘Others have gone all the way by declaring that they can't support him.’
    • ‘Never play with insurrection, but when beginning it be aware that you must go all the way.’
    1. 1.1informal Have full sexual intercourse with someone.
      ‘remember the night we went all the way?’
      • ‘I was sitting on a couch between two couples who were this close to going all the way.’
      • ‘Plus he doesn't go all the way with a girl on the first date, so he was a pretty safe bet.’
      • ‘What a relief that must have been, not having to tie yourself up for life just because you wanted to go all the way.’
      • ‘Also, getting intimate with a partner only to break it off before going all the way can lead to distress for the partner, since they are feeling ready to have sex and then have to give up.’
      • ‘Her best friend, Jaz, had said she must have led Craig on, then cried ‘rape’ when he went all the way, so Nicole had not told anyone else.’
      • ‘But he reminds me of a tease who acts interested yet won't go all the way.’
      • ‘If you're willing to go all the way, here are a few helpful hints.’