What does the phrase "go to" mean. I found it in 'Hamlet' . It is not a part of a sentence. It is used as a sentence itself.

Can you tell me if it has a special meaning in shakespearan english?

Thanks in advance.
Hello Bubu

I believe it's an exclamation or ejaculation. I've seen it described as an abbreviated oath ("go to the devil"); though I don't know how true that is.


There is a very, very large number of expressions made up of 'go' + a preposition.

This one is an archaic exclamation that expresses surprise, impatience, or protest. A modern, slangy way of saying it might be 'Get out of here!'

My thought, without research, is it perhaps comes from a longer sentence that might be something like 'Go to study or think about this again'.

Best wishes, Clive