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Difference between Go steady with someone and Go steady with something

go steady with someone—(coll.) have a person as a regular boyfriend or girlfriend:

  • I thought we were to be married: he’d gone steady with me six months…

Note: The expression does not correlate in meaning with the adjectival compound steady-goingused of a staid and sober person:

  • Today that boy is a steady-going, industrious, and fairly efficient electrician’s helper.

go steady with something —(coll.) be careful or thrifty in the use of smth.:

  • Here, you two, just go steady with that bottle! I want a couple of grams left for Dad and Harry.