Usually the go-ahead . permission or a signal to proceed: They got the go-ahead on the construction work.
Usually the go-ahead .Baseball. go-ahead run: With two outs, and the go-ahead on first, Hoffman winds up and delivers the pitch.
Chiefly Hawaii and California. a sandal held on the foot by a strap between the big toe and the next toe.
moving forward; advancing.
enterprising: a go-ahead Yankee peddler.
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How to use go-ahead in a sentence
The National Elections commission said it would go ahead and conduct the election on December 16, 2014.
Ultimately they would go ahead along with the Washington Post and publish a host of revelations from the Snowden cache.
Steve thought it was an interesting approach and gave me the go-ahead.Greil Marcus Talks About Trying to Unlock Rock and Roll in 10 Songs | Allen Barra | November 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But go ahead and try it anyway, since it seems to work somehow.Mother’s Little Anti-Psychotic Is Worth $6.9 Billion A Year | Jay Michaelson | November 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Over the next two years, he got the go-ahead to open two more schools.At This Creepy Libertarian Charter School, Kids Must Swear ‘to Be Obedient to Those in Authority’ | ProPublica | October 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Either: we cannot give you what you ask, so fall back onto the defensive; or, go ahead, we will give you the means.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
It is a generally accepted axiom that a public man cannot afford to be modest in these go-ahead days of "boom."The Doctor of Pimlico | William Le Queux
Darrell pressed his arm, and answered, with a smile, "I won't argue with you about the War; you go ahead and write your book!"Love's Pilgrimage | Upton Sinclair
There—I feel better—cant work this morning—not in the mood—you go ahead—Im through!The Woman Gives | Owen Johnson
When he told his plan he was laughed at by some who thought it very foolish, but Porter told him to go ahead.Stories of Our Naval Heroes | Various
British Dictionary definitions for go ahead
(intr, adverb) to start or continue, often after obtaining permission
the go-ahead informal permission to proceed
enterprising or ambitious
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Other Idioms and Phrases with go-ahead
Move forward rapidly or act without restraint; also, continue something. For example, If you want to borrow the tractor, go ahead. This expression is often put as go ahead with, as in Are you going ahead with the house party? The term dates from the mid-1600s and gave rise to give the go-ahead, meaning “give permission to move or act in some way.”
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