\ ˈgō-ˌtü How to pronounce go-to (audio) \

Definition of go-to

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 informal : relied on and regularly turned to for expert knowledge, skill, or performance the company's go-to guy Brown became the go-to researcher for genetic conundrums.— Brad Lemley Nowadays, one running back will get almost all of the carries, one reliever will get nearly all of the saves. And in the NBA, the evidence is mounting that "go-to guys" are scoring an ever greater proportion of the points in any particular game.— Steve Hirdt
2 informal : regularly or repeatedly chosen or employed for reliably good results O'Neal's go-to move has become a soft jump hook, which he can shoot with either hand.— Chris Ballard While mozzarella may be the go-to cheese for pizza, … blue cheese … can also be great.— Sam Gugino A waitress came by and Reacher ordered his go-to breakfast, which was coffee plus a short stack of pancakes with eggs, bacon, and maple syrup.— Lee Child


plural go-tos also go-to's

Definition of go-to (Entry 2 of 3)

: someone or something that is regularly or repeatedly chosen or employed for reliably good results A neat pour of rye whiskey is usually my go-to after making cocktails all night; they have a great selection to choose from.— Sarah Troxell I would say I get my style inspiration definitely from like that old, Hollywood classic look. I love Audrey Hepburn—she's my go-to.— Laura McKinney … cable channels such as Animal Planet, National Geographic and, especially, HGTV have become the go-tos for most waiting rooms.— Kevyn Burger She styled four ultra-chic looks for the new season, combining both winter go-to's and some on-trend pieces for spring.GoodMorningAmerica.com

go to

went to; gone to; going to; goes to

Definition of go to (Entry 3 of 3)

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


1984, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1997, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Go-to.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/go-to. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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