‘Go on’ has a lot of meanings in dictionaries, which makes me confused. What’s the omitted words and meanings of ‘go on’ in the following scene?

(They are gambling on a sport in the magical world.)

”I’ve already got Roddy Pontner betting me Bulgaria will score first – I offered him nice odds, considering Ireland’s front three are the strongest I’ve seen in years – and little Agatha Timms has put up half shares in her eel farm on a week-long match.”

”Oh … go on then,” said Mr. Weasley. “Let’s see … a Galleon on Ireland to win?”

(Harry Potter 4 [US Version]: p.88)

  • -Thanks. Both of your answers gave me an inspiration. What the first speaker said virtually means “Could I invite you to a bet?”, didn’t it? In a manner of speaking, my question seems to be a matter of context, not of a phrasal verb. Thanks again.
    – user7493
    Oct 1, 2011 at 6:40

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Go on can mean please proceed or go ahead and do it. This this case, it may mean "Oh... please proceed and make the bet then," said Mr. Weasley.

There is also a British informal use of go on that means you can't be serious in a bashful or embarrassed tone.

  • Oh, I see. I sometimes see that ‘go on’ in Harry Potter books. Great. Thanks for the info.
    – user7493
    Oct 1, 2011 at 6:39

There is no missing word, the ... is just a pause.

"Oh … go on then" means "Ok, I'm persuaded to do it"

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