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    took a running go

    I couldn't find "took a running go " in the dictionary, and the translation goes "runs quickly". What does it mean?

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    ex)...Each wave rose up and took a running go and rushed toward South Carolina and cast itself down on the sand. And each wave when it crashed and broke sounded to Jim like the holy breath of God....

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    Re: took a running go

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    I couldn't find "took a running go " in the dictionary, and the translation goes "runs quickly". What does it mean?

    ex)...Each wave rose up and took a running go and rushed toward South Carolina and cast itself down on the sand. And each wave when it crashed and broke sounded to Jim like the holy breath of God....
    This feels slightly old-fashioned to me so I'm not sure of the context in terms of style. But here's how I see it.
    .... "took a running go" doesn't specifically mean to run quickly, and here could simply mean "started running" or "got a running start". However, "to take a running go at something" can mean to try and succeed by running at it: "He couldn't open the door, so he went back a few steps, took a running go at it and crashed through".
    Either way, the phrase imbues the waves with a sense of intent wherein they start running towards the shore so they can throw themselves on the sand.

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    Re: took a running go

    "a running go" is not a natural expression in AmE (nor is "to have a go" as I have heard from BrE speakers)

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    Re: took a running go

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    "a running go" is not a natural expression in AmE (nor is "to have a go" as I have heard from BrE speakers)
    "a running go" is not natural in BrE either.

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