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Old March 08, 2011, 07:53 PM
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On you go

Does that mean anything in AmE or BrE?
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Old March 08, 2011, 08:17 PM
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In onw meaning it is a mild command meaning move on (vayase)
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In onw meaning it is a mild command meaning move on (vayase)
I understand. I have always heard move on or go on, but never on you go...maybe I wasn't paying attention?
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I can only recollect hearing it said to people much younger than the speaker, though I'm not saying its use is limited to that. A very characteristic example for me would be a grandmother who finds children snacking in her kitchen upon returning from something that interrupted her cooking, like a phone call.
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I understand. I have always heard move on or go on, but never on you go...maybe I wasn't paying attention?
It seems old fashioned to me, but here is an example:
At the scene of an accident. Pedestrians stopped to see the what happened. A police officer directs them to keep moving by making a gesture with his arms and saying "on you go."(meaning move on)

Another meaning of on you go:

A mother accompanies her five year old to the school bus. The child pauses before climbing in, and the mother says "on you go" (which is
a gentler way of saying "get on the bus now!")
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OK. Thank you Poli and Cloudgazer.
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A variation I just remembered is "off you go" (meaning move on, go away, and as a softly imperative farewell). And I've frequently heard both "on you go" and "off you go" followed by "shoo!".
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A variation I just remembered is "off you go" (meaning move on, go away, and as a softly imperative farewell). And I've frequently heard both "on you go" and "off you go" followed by "shoo!".
That I've heard before and lots of times, "off you go"
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@Cloud: Me encanta el remate con "shoo!"
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