the go-ahead

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - the go-ahead

"the go-ahead"

(noun) - permission or signal to proceed


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - the go-ahead

"the go-ahead"


readiness to start bold new ventures;

signalling to proceed


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - the go-ahead

A bank manager and prospective small business owner are meeting ...

Owner:  Please tell me. Has my business loan been approved?

Manager:  Yes.  Congratulations!

Owner:  That's just the go-ahead I've been waiting for.  Now I can start setting up the store front.

Manager:  Yes, you can begin.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - the go-ahead

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  That was a great hockey game last night.

Friend 2:  I thought our team was going to lose. They were down two goals in the third period.

Friend 1:  It was very exciting when the go-ahead goal was scored with only eight minutes left in the game.

Friend 2:  That go-ahead goal was like giving our team permission to really play. They scored three more goals in eight minutes and won the game.

the go-ahead - Usage:


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the go-ahead - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for go-ahead.

the go-ahead - Examples:

1)  Panetta actually gave the go-ahead and they didn't tell POTUS until the team had already crossed into Pakistan.

2)  We want to be sure that the go-ahead really is coming from you.

3)  After bin Laden was located, why would any President not give the go-ahead to get him?

4)  Mrs. Hillary Clinton, our Secretary of State, has given Iran the go-ahead to have nuclear weapons, an unqualified betrayal of the nation.

5)  Now a previously resistant Firth has given the project the go-ahead.

6)  The presidents also approved the general framework for revenue distribution and gave conference commissioners the go-ahead to secure a TV rights deal.

7)  It is much more practical to generate the military personnel once the go-ahead has been given.

8)  If project gets the go-ahead, the team hope to reach the mantle by the early 2020s.

9)  Officials gave Baumgartner the go-ahead for the jump. 

10)  Detroit's Jim Leyland traded the go-ahead run for two outs in the seventh.

11)  The Patriots were on their heels as the Bills drove down the field looking for the go-ahead touchdown with less than a minute remaining.

12)  Buddy Brooks caught the go-ahead scoring strike late in last week's 27-26 triumph at Abingdon.

13)  ODU finally got untracked, driving 81 yards for the go-ahead score.

14)  Obama played right into Eastwood's hands with that Tweet, sending the go-ahead signal to his followers to launch a hate rampage against Eastwood.

15)  James connected on 3-of-4 free throws before scoring the go-ahead layup with 18 ticks to go.

16)  Despite his struggles, he hit clutch game-tying or go-ahead baskets down the stretch in the fourth quarter.

17)  The hands of tight end Steve Maneri at the Bucs' 17 prevented a go-ahead opportunity.

18)  Jeter's go-ahead double could have been a turning point.

19)  Harris said the Long Lake expansion may now face a go-ahead decision next year.

20)  Delaurentis set up the go-ahead goal, pushing down the wing of a now flustered Spirit defence corps.