Definition of go into action in US English:

go into action


  • Start work or activity.

    • ‘The corporation stands ready to go into action and assist residents, if that becomes necessary,’ he promised.’
    • ‘Teresa went into action, amassing all the information she could, while Terence telephoned specialists all over the world for advice.’
    • ‘By the time a helicopter lifts off, a team of experts has already gone into action - both in the air and on the ground.’
    • ‘Emergency services were on standby throughout the night on Friday and went into action at dawn on Saturday to evacuate six properties at Mill Lane, Tempsford.’
    • ‘What they're all referring to is the fact one American serviceman made a complaint in January this year, and the Pentagon's investigative machinery went into action.’
    • ‘The emergency services have a plan in place to deal with such accidents, and that has gone into action today.’
    • ‘Irene and Dave went into action to bring the public in.’
    • ‘Armed police went into action in the town centre on Saturday night after a youth was spotted with a gun in New Road.’
    • ‘Workers in an adjoining room were ordered to leave while the firefighters went into action.’
    • ‘As we eat, a nearby market closes up and the local street-sweeping team goes into action as though they are finishing up for the Glasgow Fair.’
    • ‘Grandad Danny, 39, went into action after daughter-in-law Charlotte went into labour in the early hours of Monday morning at his home in Boreham.’
    • ‘We talked for a while then moved into the living room and I went into action.’
    • ‘There is a lot of people that dislike the federal government, but, he just went into action beyond anyone's wildest nightmares.’
    • ‘It's the second time the hotel's taskforce has gone into action in response to the growing disquiet over the city's increasingly grotty appearance.’
    • ‘As a curious crowd gathered at the entrance to Central Park at Fifth Avenue and 60th Street, a team of riggers, steelworkers and Japanese art world figures went into action.’
    • ‘‘We all knew as the meeting was going on that British forces were going into action,’ the Prime Minister's spokesman explained.’
    • ‘As the home captain lay unconscious on the ground and the official was flat out on the touchline, spectators went into action.’
    • ‘Elliot went into action after local radio station Z - 99 announced the contest, which awarded a pair of seats to the show to the collector of the most grasshoppers in two days.’
    • ‘The eight-strong police team went into action at 10 am and five people were arrested at the scene on suspicion of possessing drugs with intent to supply and were later released on bail.’
    • ‘They rob parked cars and have studied the habits of their targets before going into action.’