|1.||any object, event, action, etc, whatever: anything might happen|
|2.||a thing of any kind: have you anything to declare?|
|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|
Everything is permitted, as in You're wearing sneakers to the office?Why not? Anything goes these days. This idiom began life as , 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!