American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Informal Of or relating to discotheques or to the energetic music and dancing performed at discotheques.
- adj. Informal Marked by assertive action: a go-go sales executive.
- adj. Of, relating to, or engaging in a type of speculative, short-term stock-market operation: a go-go fund.
- adj. Characterized by the fast growth and development that invites speculative investment: go-go industries such as microprocessing and laser technology.
- 1964, US, partly from Whisky a Go Go, an influential American nightclub (in turn from French à gogo ("abundant")), partly by reduplication of go, from 1962 slang the go ("the rage, fashionable"), from sense the go ("in motion") as in on the go. (Wiktionary)
- From à gogo.Intensive reduplication (influenced by go-go1) of go1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The so-called go-go years of the 1960s had given way to recession, inflation, a Dow in a prolonged decline—off 45 percent in 1973 alone—and pervasive gloom.”
“The Argument, and it's got a polyrhythmic sound that was influenced by go-go, which is our local, indigenous music.”
“As some of the 1980s’ most successful business figures—Ivan Boesky, Michael Milken, and Charles Keating among them—were carted off to serve prison terms, and government agencies attempted to sift through the ruins of banks and savings and loans, what had been dubbed the go-go decade seemed to lose some of its luster.”
“Over 20 years, which counts the go-go 1990s, its lead is narrower: 8.4% versus 8.3%.”
“Chuck Brown, the 74-year-old godfather of go-go, was up for the very first Grammy of his career but came up short, losing best R&B performance by a duo or group with vocals to Sade.”
“Any Grammy ceremony would benefit from a little go-go.”
“Many of those real-estate loans taken out during the go-go years are maturing.”
“In the go-go years of the U.S. housing boom, virtually anybody could get a few hundred thousand dollars to buy a home, and private lenders flooded the market, aggressively pursuing borrowers no matter their means or financial history.”
“Museum of Flight In another dysfunctional uniform, Hughes Airwest in the 1970s had flight attendants wear go-go boots and billowing capes with hoods – a getup that tended to get in the way when opening aircraft doors or performing other tasks.”
“One of Ireland's top investors who gobbled up trophy properties in Manhattan, London and Eastern Europe during the market's go-go years now owes hundreds of millions of dollars and is holding a global fire sale of his assets.”
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