Definition of go-getter in US English:



  • An aggressively enterprising person.

    ‘boys are expected to be assertive go-getters’
    • ‘At my small town college the off-campus housing was very limited, which meant the go-getters got bragging rights on all the great apartments while the ambitious-yet-lazy people, like myself, were saddled with the dregs.’
    • ‘Sharing the same characteristics as Hannibal Lecter apparently helps some go-getters to shin up the career ladder in the short term, often elevating them to management jobs.’
    • ‘Market historians tend to view early American farmers as acquisitive, money-making, land-hungry, entrepreneurial go-getters.’
    • ‘This often includes lazy or incompetent peers, ineffective management, or a seniority system that rewards obsolete employees and punishes newer, more aggressive go-getters.’
    • ‘I think many times the aggressive go-getters who have to win at any cost lack confidence, and thus have a continual need to crush the people around them to boost their own egos.’
    • ‘It was once said that Britain was divided into herbivores, the gentle types who read the Guardian and believe in collectivism, and carnivores, the thrusting go-getters who favour rugged individualism.’
    • ‘Instead of continuing as the conventional sedate ‘providers of knowledge’ they should become go-getters and in the process if they are considered for a nomenclature change from teacher to classroom manager, so be it.’
    • ‘Also, the notion of conditioning women who are aggressive go-getters into cookie-baking, bottle-blonde Barbie dolls is just plain offensive.’
    • ‘Never before has there been such a dramatic insight into the life of these energetic go-getters of society than what you're about to read.’
    • ‘So our message to all you go-getters is this: By starting out you have already displayed the biggest quality needed for success - namely, self-belief.’
    • ‘He explained that people who wear their hearts on their sleeves tire sooner than the laid back and a team of go-getters would be likely to exhaust themselves quickly.’
    • ‘Watched by leaders around the world, CNN's journalists have a reputation for being fast-paced go-getters, capable of ‘going live’ at the drop of a hat.’
    • ‘They know their happiness relies totally on themselves, so they have learnt to become go-getters, starting activities and getting involved.’
    • ‘They are primarily looking for go-getters committed to customer excellence, mostly from the hospitality industry.’
    • ‘In their heyday, we have discovered, Shakers were business go-getters and technologists.’
    • ‘Associate with other successful go-getters, and enlist help from an expert.’
    • ‘They show up before the boss and look like go-getters.’
    • ‘I'm a go-getter in my family business and community.’
    • ‘Joanna Robson, head of entrepreneurial growth markets for Ernst and Young, said she was not surprised go-getters from the Yorkshire region represented more than 40 per cent of the regional finalists.’
    • ‘Although many of the regulars and go-getters didn't show up at this theme night at the pub, those that did were definitely the stars shining that evening.’
    businessman, businesswoman, business person, business executive, enterpriser, speculator, tycoon, magnate
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