Definition of have a go at in English:

have a go at

phrase

  • 1Make an attempt at; try.

    ‘let me have a go at straightening the rim’
    • ‘Marriage can be a challenge to keep alive, but if a gay couple wants to have a go at it, all power to them.’
    • ‘Coming into the final kilometer, no single team had taken control of the sprint, and riders were all across the road in what was quickly becoming a chaotic finish, with almost every team having a go at an elusive stage win.’
    • ‘But even when they do get it wrong, you have to applaud them for having a go at it anyway.’
    • ‘About 15 racers show up to have a go at the uphill time trial.’
    • ‘They all were trying to cajole me into coming - even Stacey and Shane were having a go at it.’
    • ‘Since then a string of restaurateurs have had a go at it, with little success.’
    • ‘It's not going to be easy, but I'm looking forward to having a go at it and doing my part.’
    • ‘If you've already had a go at writing your own web copy, you'll know how time consuming it is.’
    • ‘Very few of the big stars from England's 1990 World Cup team or the early years of the Premiership have even attempted to have a go at management.’
    • ‘The tapes were shelved until the band agreed to let legendary producer Phil Spector have a go at squeezing a good record out of them.’
  • 2British Attack or criticize (someone)

    ‘she's always having a go at me’
    • ‘It's normal that the two big rivals in any league will always have a go at each other.’
    • ‘Not everyone has the presence of mind or courage of Mrs Beauchamp, although we would never recommend having a go at an intruder.’
    • ‘This was with a guy I'd had problems with over the years; he was having a go at a friend of mine so I beat him up, then robbed him.’
    • ‘I feel that I'm always having a go at Lori in her comments, which I'm not, because I like Lori, and certainly wish she would post more.’
    • ‘At election times, they were always having a go at him and ribbing him about his unwavering support for me.’
    • ‘I have always stuck up for the players and not publicly had a go at them when they've not played particularly well.’
    • ‘The problem is my aunt and uncle are always having a go at me.’
    • ‘Personally, I suspected that Jaden and Lisa liked each other, even though it always seemed they were having a go at each other, they just didn't want to admit it.’
    • ‘Even when he was having a go at the critics, he remained incredibly dignified.’
    • ‘I think there's more understanding now, but let's face it, the fans need someone at the top to have a go at when the club isn't giving them the happiness they want.’
    attack, censure, criticize, denounce, condemn, arraign, find fault with, lambaste, pillory, disapprove of, carp at, cavil at, rail against, inveigh against, cast aspersions on, pour scorn on, disparage, denigrate, deprecate, malign, vilify, besmirch, run down, give a bad press to
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