Definition of go at in English:

go at

phrasal verb

  • Energetically attack or tackle.

    ‘he went at things with a daunting eagerness’
    • ‘When we went at them we showed that their defence can be exposed.’
    • ‘That both sides found the net within the first 10 minutes was a bona fide reflection of how these teams went at each other from the outset.’
    • ‘Mother held equally strong opinions and one Saturday morning the two of them went at it on the telephone.’
    • ‘We went at it right from the start but then we had to dig in and make sure we didn't lose.’
    • ‘The final was a fine advertisement for basketball at this age group as both teams went at each other from the tip off.’
    • ‘If we had gone at them I think the points would have been there for the taking.’
    • ‘The remaining plinths which held the monument have large indentions in them as if someone went at them with a hatchet.’
    • ‘I have gone at it pretty hard this year, even in my off weeks, because I've been preparing for other events, so I'm not sure what my energy level will be after the Ryder Cup.’
    • ‘They went at each other like prize-fighters in a ring.’
    • ‘The Scottish pack went at their opponents in the loose play and it was clear that they were the equals of England in that division.’