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OlegB

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Russian
Hello,

I did not quite understand the following President Obama's sentence:

"If Sen. McCain and Sen. Graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. When they go after the U.N. ambassador apparently because they think she's an easy target, then they've got a problem with me".

Could you please explain me what does the phrase "to go after" mean in this context?

Thanks
 
  • PaulQ

    Banned
    UK
    English - England
    to go after = to chase/pursue [by words or actions] in order to harm or catch or, in this case, blame/accuse/hold responsible/criticise/punish/embarrass, etc.
     

    OlegB

    New Member
    Russian
    Thanks for your replies and clarification.

    But could you tell me what is the difference between to go after and to criticize? Is to go after more aggresive?
     
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