- 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.
- moving forward; advancing.
- enterprising: a go-ahead Yankee peddler.
Origin of go-ahead
1830–40, Americanism; noun, adj. use of verb phrase go ahead
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Related Wordsconsent, assent, permission, leave, okay, ambitious, enterprising, up-and-coming, entrepreneurial, go-getting, gumptious, pioneering
Examples from the Web for go-ahead
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We were able to really milk that moment of Gus Fring waiting in that parking lot, waiting for the go-ahead sign to kill Hector.‘Breaking Bad’: Bryan Cranston, Vince Gilligan, Emmy Nominations
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On Nov. 18, 1963, the agency briefed Kennedy on the AMLASH plans, and received the go-ahead.The Evil Genius of Fidel Castro
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We are too much of a go-ahead people to do much looking back.For the Liberty of Texas
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