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anything

[en-ee-thing] /ˈɛn iˌθɪŋ/
pronoun
1.
any thing whatever; something, no matter what:
Do you have anything for a toothache?
noun
2.
a thing of any kind.
adverb
3.
in any degree; to any extent; in any way; at all:
Does it taste anything like chocolate?
Idioms
4.
anything but, in no degree or respect; not in the least:
The plans were anything but definite.
5.
anything goes, any type of conduct, dress, speech, etc., is considered acceptable or valid or is likely to be encountered and tolerated:
That resort is a place where anything goes!
Origin of anything
900
before 900; Middle English ani thing, eni thing, Old English ǣnig thing. See any, thing1
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  • Well, they can get rougher and noisier, and just anything goes, and this is some tough mob in here right now.

    Hookers Richard F. Mann
  • Must somebody be always punished when anything goes wrong in life?

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • My father will go on at me, I dare say, saying it was my fault, as he generally does when anything goes contrary to his orders.

  • If anything goes wrong, we must do what we can for the children.

  • You know that if anything goes wrong with it, you're cut off, in a way.

    The Confession Mary Roberts Rinehart
British Dictionary definitions for anything goes

anything

/ˈɛnɪˌθɪŋ/
pronoun
1.
any object, event, action, etc, whatever: anything might happen
noun
2.
a thing of any kind: have you anything to declare?
adverb
3.
in any way: he wasn't anything like his father
4.
anything but, by no means; not in the least: she was anything but happy
5.
like anything, (intensifier; usually euphemistic): he ran like anything
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Word Origin and History for anything goes

anything

n.

late Old English aniþing, from any + thing. But Old English ænig þinga apparently also meant "somehow, anyhow" (glossing Latin quoquo modo).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with anything goes

anything goes

Everything is permitted, as in You're wearing sneakers to the office?—Why not? Anything goes these days. This idiom began life as everything goes, which appeared in George Meredith's novel The Egoist (1879). In America anything was the preferred word, which gained further currency with Cole Porter's use of the term as the title of his 1934 song and musical comedy, Anything Goes!
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