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(all) in one go: meaning and explanation

If you do something all in one go, you do it in one action (without any breaks or without stopping).

For example, if you have a long journey to do then you might decide to break it up into a series of smaller journeys instead of doing the entire journey all in one go.

Have a go at this dictation exercise to hear this expression being used in context – how much can you understand?

Dictation #1

Accent: Scotland

London Rome, .
We're London Rome, aren't do it go.
We're from London to Rome, we aren't to do it in one go.

Discussion questions

Write your answers to these questions in the comments section, and I’ll get back to you with some feedback:

  • If you won the lottery, would you prefer to receive your prize all in one go or bit by bit (e.g. a fixed amount every month)? Why?
  • Have you ever watched an entire TV series all in one go?
  • When you have something painful, boring or unpleasant to do, do you prefer to do it all in one go or a little bit at a time? For example, I don’t like tidying my flat, so I try to do it all in one go once a week, instead of doing a little bit every day.

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