have a go at


: to make an attempt at (doing something)
I asked him if I could have a go at writing the proposal.
British, informal : to attack or criticize (someone)
The press is having a go at the Prime Minister.

Examples of have a go at in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Not one bit, if the mainstream media wants to have a go at you, right? Zack Sharf, Variety, 1 May 2023 Some unpredictable creative artists, including Todd Rundgren and Fishbone’s Angelo Moore, have a go at the works of David Bowie. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 13 Oct. 2022 Many people have a go at it, and everyone is welcome to comment. New York Times, 6 Apr. 2022 First time camping but really want to have a go at it? Jennifer Konerman, Sunset Magazine, 18 Mar. 2022 On the men's side, the absence of Van Aert and defending champion van der Poel will allow riders like Tom Pidcock of Great Britain, Belgian Toon Aerts and Lars van der Haar of the Netherlands to have a go at the title and the chance to wear the world champion's jersey for the next year. Sean Clancy, Arkansas Online, 23 Jan. 2022 This belief, a sort of curse of the mummy avant la lettre, did not encourage the average linguist to have a go at the Rosetta Stone. The New Yorker, 22 Nov. 2021 Give your audience their own markers (or crayons) and encourage them to have a go at their own version. Janine MacLachlan, Forbes, 28 June 2021 If Solomon Asante and Jon Bakero can catch peak 2019 form and Santi Moar can continue his run from the end of last year/postseason, Phoenix might actually have a go at Schantz’s lofty goal of 100 goals scored. Edwin Perez, The Arizona Republic, 29 Apr. 2021 See More

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“Have a go at.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/have%20a%20go%20at. Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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