go-to

adjective
\ˈgō-ˌtü \

Definition of go-to 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: relied on for expert knowledge or skill the company's go-to guy

go to

verb

Definition of go to (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 archaic used interjectionally as an exhortation and they said one to another, go to, let us make brick — Genesis 11:3 (King James Version)

2 archaic used interjectionally to express disapproval or disbelief go to, go to; you have known what you should not— William Shakespeare

Examples of go-to in a Sentence

Verb

when the sales representative refused to help us, we went to the store manager

First Known Use of go-to

Adjective

1985, in the meaning defined above

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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go-to

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of go-to

: always helpful : producing desired results or information when needed

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