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What does "I can't have a go at you" mean? The context: You were late, but you were ill, so I can't have a go at you. Does it mean "become angry with"? What are other phrases that mean the same thing? Thanks a lot!
Oct 14, 2016 12:32 AM
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I'll have a go at answering this question. have a go at something = make an attempt, or try You can use it in many ways, but one variation is "start a fight" - to have a go at beating someone. So, if you get into an argument with a taxi driver, he may reply "oh yeah, do you want to have a go?" Over time, the usage has changed, and it can mean to criticise or challenge someone. That's what your sentence means. You have a good reason so I shouldn't say anything. BUT, it doesn't refer to your emotion. You can be angry, but choose to stay silent. You can also be quite calm, but still have a go at someone. For example, my afternoon class is very lazy because they just ate lunch and are tired. I need them to try and put more energy into the class, so I have a go at them - speak strongly - to let them know it's not OK to sleep in the class. (And then I make a joke to let them know I'm not really angry with them.)
October 14, 2016
It's means: I can't be mad at you. "To have a ago at someone" means to be angry with them and tell them off or tell at them. When have you had a go a someone? I had a go at a taxi driver yesterday because he almost hit me with his car!
October 14, 2016
In this context it probably means reprimand / disipline you / tell you off, as I am assuming it means late for work...
October 14, 2016
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