Idioms

Origin of go

1
before 900; Middle English gon, Old English gān; cognate with Old High German gēn, German gehen
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British Dictionary definitions for from the word go (1 of 3)

GO

/ military /

abbreviation for

general order

British Dictionary definitions for from the word go (2 of 3)

go

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/ (ɡəʊ) /

verb goes, going, went or gone (mainly intr)

noun plural goes

adjective

(postpositive) informal functioning properly and ready for action: esp used in astronauticsall systems are go

Word Origin for go

Old English gān; related to Old High German gēn, Greek kikhanein to reach, Sanskrit jahāti he forsakes

British Dictionary definitions for from the word go (3 of 3)

go

2

I-go

/ (ɡəʊ) /

noun

a game for two players in which stones are placed on a board marked with a grid, the object being to capture territory on the board

Word Origin for go

from Japanese
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Idioms and Phrases with from the word go

from the word go


From the start, as in I've had trouble with this computer from the word go. This expression probably alludes to the start of a race, signaled by the word go. [Early 1800s] For a synonym, see from scratch.

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