go-ahead

[ goh-uh-hed ]
/ ˈgoʊ əˌhɛd /

noun

permission or a signal to proceed: They got the go-ahead on the construction work.
Chiefly Hawaii and California. a sandal held on the foot by a strap between the big toe and the next toe.

adjective

moving forward; advancing.
enterprising: a go-ahead Yankee peddler.

Origin of go-ahead

1830–40, Americanism; noun, adj. use of verb phrase go ahead

Definition for go ahead (2 of 2)

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 go ahead (1 of 4)

go ahead


verb

(intr, adverb) to start or continue, often after obtaining permission

noun go-ahead

the go-ahead informal permission to proceed

adjective go-ahead

enterprising or ambitious

British Dictionary definitions for go ahead (2 of 4)

GO

/ military /

abbreviation for

general order

British Dictionary definitions for go ahead (3 of 4)

go

1
/ (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 go ahead (4 of 4)

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 go ahead

go ahead


1

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.”

2

go ahead of. Make one's way to the front of, as in They went ahead of me to see the purser. [Mid-1700s]

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