What does "doing X on the go" mean?


Use your phone camera to turn anything into a PDF on the go.

What I have read so far:

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/on_the_go lists 2 meanings for "on the go":

  1. (idiomatic) Actively traveling; busy; moving often. Example: "A good suitcase is essential for someone who is on the go as much as he is.".
  2. In progress; having started. Example: "The new initiative is now on the go".

None of these two meanings match the "doing X on the go" pattern.

The following dictionaries also don't have any meaning matching the "doing X on the go" pattern:


2 Answers 2

  • John is on the go. [started doing something involving moving from one place to another]

  • We did it on the go. [we did it as we were doing other things on some particular day]

  • I do my homework on the go. [wherever I happen to be as I move around places]

Turn something into a PDF on the go. [when you are not sitting quietly somewhere. When you are "moving" around, during the day]


Macmillan Dictionary's Open Dictionary has a user-submitted entry that confirms Lambie's answer. From https://www.macmillandictionary.com/us/dictionary/american/on-the-go (mirror):

quickly while doing some other activity. Example: " The new benches with solar-powered USB charging units allow members of the public to charge their smartphones on the go." [This meaning is based on one submitted to the Open Dictionary by: Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 18/06/2017].

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