to go commando

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Choose the correct definition a, b or c.

a) to fight

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b) to not wear any underwear

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to go commando’ means to not wear any underpants ! Apparently this phrase comes from Commando fighters who generally have to survive in very rough conditions and do without the luxuries of clean clothes, bathing, etc.
The term is analogous to the Scottish military term "regimental" referring to wearing no underwear under the kilt.

French translation

ne rien porter sous …

How NOT to translate : *aller commando


Examples in context

‘For men looking to enhance their sperm count, a new study suggests embracing the Scottish cultural heritage of donning a kilt. Or at least, "go commando" and skip underwear altogether, the researchers say.

A study published last year in the journal Human Reproduction found that men with fertility issues should avoid tight-fitting underwear to enhance sperm count. Experts have also warned that wearing skinny jeans could reduce sperm count while increasing risk for testicular problems.
Laptop computers with WiFi have also been found to damage sperm, according to a study published in 2011 in the journal Fertility and Sterility...’

The Times Live, 23 April 2013


’Should I go without socks ?

Do socks protect our feet or do they just make them sweatier in summer ? And should you choose cotton over nylon, or maybe try wool ?

It’s the height of fashion, with trendsetters such as Jude Law and Ryan Gosling letting their feet go commando. Yes, it’s cool to go sockless, even when wearing leather loafers. Or maybe not. There were warnings last week that the trend was linked to a rise in sales of remedies to treat athlete’s foot and smelly feet. So do socks protect our feet or do they just make them sweatier in summer ? And should you choose cotton over nylon, or maybe try wool ?’

The Guardian, 16 June 2013


Everyday usage

Kilt-wearing Scots are famous for going commando. Truth or myth ?

c) to have control

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