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/ ˈgoʊ əˌhɛd /
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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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Origin of go-ahead

An Americanism first recorded in 1830–40; noun and adjective use of verb phrase go ahead
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British Dictionary definitions for go-ahead

go ahead

(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
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Other Idioms and Phrases with go-ahead

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.”


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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