go all the way

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go all the way

  1. Continue on a course to the end, as in The town agreed to put in a sewer but would not go all the way with widening the street. [First half of 1900s] Also see go the distance.

  2. Engage in sexual intercourse, as in Her mother told her some boys will always try to make her go all the way. [Slang; second half of 1900s]

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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