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GO TO TOWN (ON) is an informal phrase indicating actions performed with great energy, in a very eager, exuberant or thorough way.

"The media got hold of the scandal and went to town on it."

When you go to town on something, you deal with it with a lot of enthusiasm or intensity, making a supreme or unrestricted effort; go all out; have a field day.

"The boys went to town on the old garage and had torn it down before I came home."

Going to town means breaking away from the ordinary. When you go to town you really go to town: use a lot of it, do a lot of it, go to a lot of trouble, make a special effort, spend a lot of money, etc.

"They've really gone to town on their wedding."

The phrase is used in a variety of ways. It can mean to:

1. work hard or very effectively.

"That kid's been going to town on his studies. He'll definitely get an A."

If you see someone working a lot harder or faster than they usually do or in comparison to others, you might say, "He is really going to town."

"Jake is really going to town on learning English this term". 

 2. do something with great speed and energy.

"Yesterday the spammers went to town on my inbox."

It can refer to the act of vigorous sexual activity.

"He kissed her a few times, then they really went to town."

3. preform something with great haste and furious determination; do something to excess or in an uninhibited manner. 

"OMG that guy's really goin' to town on that burrito!""

It often refers to partying, or consuming gluttonous amounts of food or alcohol, beyond what is normally expected in a conspicuous, noticeable fashion.

"When they give parties they really go to town."

4. go on a spree; indulge in something without restraint, esp. by spending a lot of money. 

"With $1,500 spending money for each couple, you can really go to town!"

5. be eminently successful; go places.

"After months of hard work, their business is really going to town."

6. get angry; lose one's temper (also in a joking manner).

"Hey, don't make me go to town on you."

7. beat someone up quite thoroughly; do a job on. 

"Gosh, Jim those guys really went to town on you!"

In the context of beating or winning it is also used in sports reporting.

"And then the host team went to town on us."

And, of course, you can use this phrase to literally mean travel into town or a city.

"I have to go to town today."

Actually, that's where the sense of doing something with gusto originated in AmE, first recorded in 1933 but probably dating from the 19th century when going to town was a big day for country folk. 

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