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go-ahead

[ goh-uh-hed ]
/ ˈgoʊ əˌhɛd /
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noun

Usually the go-ahead . 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 (def. 1): 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

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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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