Definition of have-a-go in English:



  • Denoting a person who bravely intervenes in an attempt to thwart a criminal.

    ‘the have-a-go hero ran across the road and confronted the thief’
    • ‘Police are trying to trace a have-a-go hero who foiled a machete wielding robber at a petrol station.’
    • ‘A burglar was captured by a have-a-go hero as he tried to rifle a Bradford pub early today.’
    • ‘A have-a-go hero is recovering after being injured while trying to stop thieves escaping from a golf club.’
    • ‘The have-a-go hero ran out through an emergency exit and tried to stop the men getting away.’
    • ‘A judge awarded a have-a-go hero £500 to thank him for rugby tackling a drug-crazed mugger.’