See also: go ahead



As a name for footwear, from the fact that one can't easily step backwards wearing them.


go-ahead (plural go-aheads)

  1. Approval, agreement, or instruction to begin or proceed.
    You can start as soon as you get the go-ahead from the president.
    • 2020 June 3, Lilian Greenwood talks to Paul Stephen, “Rail's 'underlying challenges' remain”, in Rail, page 34:
      Greenwood's time as TSC [Transport Select Committee] chairman came to an end late last year, when MPs finally gave the go-ahead to an early General Election so that the Brexit deadlock in Parliament could be broken.
  2. (dated, usually in the plural) flip-flop


go-ahead (comparative more go-ahead, superlative most go-ahead)

  1. (comparable) Progressive; exerting leadership.
    I work for a very go-ahead company that's always looking for new ideas.
    • 1906, Arthur Lincoln Haydon, The Book of the V. C., page 150:
      This turbulent ruler was a very go-ahead monarch indeed. He organised a splendid army, well-drilled and well-equipped with modern arms
    • 1959, Anthony Burgess, Beds in the East (The Malayan Trilogy), published 1972, page 587:
      "The Sultan's go-ahead, modern in some of his views."
  2. (comparable) Dashing; energetic.
  3. (sports, not comparable) Being a score which gives the scoring team or player the lead in the game.
    The pitcher gave up the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning.


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