Definitions

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  • n. A private lottery, especially when illegal.
  • n. The first exam taken at university towards a BA degree, discontinued during the twentieth century.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See little go, under go, n.

Etymologies

From little + go. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Fane, one of our brightest ornaments; quite the _spes gregis_ we consider him; passed his little-go, and started a pink only last week; give him a glass of punch.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 363, January, 1846

  • James’s tongue unloosed with the port, and he told his cousin his life, his prospects, his debts, his troubles at the little-go, and his rows with the proctors, filling rapidly from the bottles before him, and flying from Port to Madeira with joyous activity.

    XXXIV. James Crawley’s Pipe Is Put Out

  • For John was passionately fond of the classics and did not propose to acquire any more mathematical knowledge than was strictly necessary for his matriculation and "little-go."

    A Tale of a Lonely Parish

  • I wish they would let one pay a servitor for passing little-go for one.

    Tom Brown at Oxford

  • Then he was in a particularly good humour with himself, for in deference to the advice of Hardy, he had actually fixed on the books which he should send in for his little-go examination before going down for the Easter vacation, and had read them through at home, devoting an hour or two almost daily to this laudable occupation.

    Tom Brown at Oxford

  • His father was compelled to withdraw him from the University, at which he had already had the honor of being plucked for "the little-go;" and the young gentleman, on being asked for what profession he was fit, had replied, with conscious pride, that he could "tool a coach!"

    The Caxtons — Complete

  • James's tongue unloosed with the port, and he told his cousin his life, his prospects, his debts, his troubles at the little-go, and his rows with the proctors, filling rapidly from the bottles before him, and flying from Port to Madeira with joyous activity.

    Vanity Fair

  • I should have been plucked for my little-go again, I know I should -- that Latin I cannot screw into my head, and my mamma's anguish would have broke out next term.

    The History of Pendennis

  • Virgil and the Iliad of Homer -- two books chiefly studied for the little-go or responsions.

    The English Spy An Original Work Characteristic, Satirical, And Humorous. Comprising Scenes And Sketches In Every Rank Of Society, Being Portraits Drawn From The Life

  • (who, in connexion with the Polysyllable, could mention being plucked for the little-go?) but it was more than she did expect that his rejection would send him home in sullen resentment resolved to punish

    The Young Step-Mother

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