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go for sth

verb uk phrasal verb with go   /ɡəʊ/ us    /ɡoʊ/ ( present participle going, past tense went, past participle gone)

(CHOOSE)

B1 to choose something: Instead of butter, I always go for margarine or a low-fat spread.

(LIKE)

to like or admire: I don't go for war films in a big way (= very much). What sort of men do you go for (= are you attracted to)?

(TRY)

B2 to try to have or achieve something: She tripped me as I went for the ball. Are you planning to go for that scholarship to Harvard University? The Russian relay team will again be going for the gold medal at the Olympic Games.

(MONEY)

If something goes for a certain amount of money, it is sold for that amount: The painting is expected to go for at least a million dollars.
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