Definition of go-ahead in English:



  • Permission to proceed.

    ‘the government had given the go-ahead for the power station’
    • ‘Last week, too, environmentalists were incensed by go-aheads for logging in protected forests and oil-drilling on a beach with a colony of rare sea turtles.’
    • ‘Sligo County Council recently gave the planning go-ahead for the complex on the Eastern side of Dublin road.’
    • ‘A planning inspector has given the go-ahead for the site of a former jam factory at Easterton to be developed, despite fears over safety.’
    • ‘Kildare County council has given the go-ahead for planning permission to relocate the State laboratories from Abbotstown to Backweston.’
    • ‘However, I'm bloody amazed we gave the go-ahead for the export licence.’
    • ‘Today we got the final go-aheads and completed procedural formalities for our documentary on the Armenian Church.’
    • ‘If approved, the go-ahead will be given to a full-scale feasibility study.’
    • ‘In a Commons written reply, he gave the go-ahead for 30 authorities to pilot new ways of voting or counting in local and mayoral polls on May 2.’
    • ‘The company has failed to get the final go-ahead from the authorities, however, despite Reynolds's no doubt excellent contacts.’
    • ‘It was suggested last week that the £800 million scheme had been given the go-ahead by the local authority.’
    • ‘About 88 parking spaces are also to be created for the flats if the scheme is given the final go-ahead by planning bosses.’
    • ‘Windermere is to get nine new affordable homes after the Lake District National Park Authority gave the go-ahead for a development at Lickbarrow Road.’
    • ‘According to the planning inspector's decision that gave the centre the go-ahead in November last year after a public inquiry, 16 men are coming.’
    • ‘Detailed plans of the development have now been lodged for planning approval following the go-ahead from local area councillors.’
    • ‘At a meeting held last Thursday, Shipley Area Planning Panel gave the go-ahead for the meeting house on the former Acacia House Hotel site.’
    • ‘The procedure had never been carried out in the UK, but the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority gave them the go-ahead.’
    • ‘But work was halted after a public outcry, and in what would be a major U-turn by the authority, members are expected to give the go-ahead for the berms to be ripped up.’
    • ‘Oldham subsequently got the go-ahead from Jefferson to proceed with the building of Pavilion I.’
    • ‘Doncaster Council chiefs are expected to give the go-ahead at a planning meeting next week, which could see work beginning before the end of the year.’
    • ‘Following the bizarre events at Old Trafford, it seems just a matter of time before the authorities give the go-ahead for the introduction of video technology.’
    permission, consent, leave, licence, dispensation, warrant, clearance
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  • 1Willing to consider new ideas; enterprising.

    ‘a young and go-ahead managing director’
    • ‘Basingstoke is a go-ahead place and the community should not hide its light under a bushel.’
    • ‘Friday I am seeing some very go-ahead graphic designers in North Walsham who have come up with some very innovative campaigning ideas.’
    • ‘To the right of us, the young, go-ahead dynamic couple with a kid that is only 5 but is already signed up to play for Liverpool F.C. have just had their entire front garden block paved.’
    • ‘Though the real world's rough edges may be feeling pretty abrasive, this is still a gung-ho go-ahead time for Fish.’
    • ‘If we can consolidate we'll do well, but we are a go-ahead club, we've had to be to get this far.’
    • ‘It must have wounded this ambitious, go-ahead politician obviously determined to make his mark on the world with his innovative ideas.’
    • ‘David C used to be a trendy go-ahead researcher in Central Office and very cliquey.’
    • ‘A go-ahead Bradford business pioneering a radical new energy drink is being backed by a West Yorkshire business initiative.’
    • ‘It's a dynamic, go-ahead set of people Ken Livingstone's going to be in charge of.’
    • ‘Both are go-ahead characters who know what they have to do to reach the top and are prepared to make the sacrifices.’
    • ‘There is a go-ahead spirit which is extremely stimulating… a feeling that anything can be achieved.’
    • ‘For many years John was a Director of Listowel Race Company Limited - a real go-ahead man all out to improve Listowel Races in every way possible.’
    • ‘They're becoming a very strong branch with some very go-ahead people.’
    • ‘Last year the go-ahead Club opened another nine holes, giving 27 holes in total.’
    • ‘‘Manchester, an exciting, go-ahead city, is well geared up for it,’ said the Prime Minister.’
    • ‘There have been major improvements to the eighteen hole course in recent years and it is expected the new facilities will attract many new members to the go-ahead club.’
    • ‘If a man acts in a particular way then they are seen as being ambitious, go-ahead, and driven.’
    • ‘I think it's a hard-working school with go-ahead ideas and it is fun to be part of it.’
    • ‘Blackpool has always been a go-ahead place and in recent years successful attempts have been made to extend the season.’
    • ‘Committee member and Blackley MP Graham Stringer, ex-chairman of Manchester Airport, said it was seen as one of the most go-ahead airports.’
    enterprising, resourceful, imaginative, ingenious, inventive, original, creative, innovative, disruptive
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  • 2North American attributive Denoting the run or score which gives a team the lead in a game.

    ‘Baerga drove in the go-ahead run with a single in the sixth inning’
    • ‘It bounced off the wall chest-high, and Craig Biggio was able to score the go-ahead run from second base.’
    • ‘He even has been used as a pinch hitter - more than once - and as a pinch runner to score the go-ahead run for us.’
    • ‘Pitching on fumes, Johnson went three innings and struck out six, but allowed the go-ahead run in the top of the eleventh.’
    • ‘Bichette ran 30 yards at full speed, bobbled the ball and dropped it, allowing the go-ahead run to score.’
    • ‘In San Francisco, J.T. Snow matched his career high with four hits and drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning to lead San Francisco over San Diego.’
    • ‘I watched the second inning of his last appearance, in which Jackson yielded the go-ahead run that would lead to his first loss of the season.’
    • ‘Brad Wilkerson homered and scored the go-ahead run and Montreal starter Javier Vazquez struck out 12 in seven innings.’
    • ‘That becomes huge when Simon hits a double-play grounder to Boone that at least would have scored the go-ahead run if Easley had started on third.’
    • ‘The scoring strike more than made up for an interception Brees threw the previous possession that led to Ohio State's go-ahead score.’
    • ‘Long Beach's Evan Longoria drove in three runs, including the go-ahead run in the sixth and two more in the eighth to seal the victory.’
    • ‘On the next pitch, Hernandez doubled to right, driving in the go-ahead run.’
    • ‘In Seattle, Carlos Lee hit a solo home run in the fifth and scored the go-ahead run in the seventh to help Chicago beat Seattle.’
    • ‘Boggs worked the count and drew a walk to force in the go-ahead run.’
    • ‘With the go-ahead run on second, the late-arriving Embree got Giambi to pop up for the second out.’
    • ‘If the hot-hitting Robinson were to reach, the lefty-swinging Powell would come to the plate as the potential go-ahead run.’
    • ‘The Reds had the go-ahead run 90 feet away, but now with two men out.’
    • ‘In the first extra inning, Taiwan got the go-ahead run and a place in the final.’
    • ‘He suffered a critical interception in the fourth quarter that led to the go-ahead field goal by the Texans.’
    • ‘Luis Gonzalez tripled in the go-ahead run off Al Leiter with two outs in the fifth.’
    • ‘Then in the seventh inning, the center fielder singled home the go-ahead run.’