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: marked by energy and enterprise : progressive
a vigorous go-ahead company
: indicating that one may proceed
go-ahead signal
: being a score that gives a team the lead in a game
drove in the go-ahead run


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: one possessing go-ahead
: a sign, signal, or authority to proceed : green light

Examples of go-ahead in a Sentence

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His backup, Jerome Ford, scored a go-ahead touchdown on a 3-yard pass from quarterback Deshaun Watson on the next play and converted a two-point try on the ground. Dan Labbe, cleveland, 19 Sep. 2023 Webb then surrendered a go-ahead two-run double to Altuve to give Houston (84-67) a two-run advantage. Jacob Calvin Meyer, Baltimore Sun, 19 Sep. 2023 The win was the result of a complementary team effort in which the defense forced a critical three-and-out after Garoppolo hit Jakobi Meyers for a go-ahead touchdown, and then closed the game with a drive that ate up the final five minutes. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, 17 Sep. 2023 Sebastian Joseph-Day was flagged for a ridiculous roughing penalty that led to a go-ahead TD. Nick Canepa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Sep. 2023 New York forced a three and out, then drove 56 yards in eight plays to set up Gano’s go-ahead kick. David Brandt, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Sep. 2023 Defensive lineman Rodney Ondari’s fumble recovery led to a 36-yard go-ahead field goal by Sam Keltner for a 17-14 Keller lead. Randy Jennings, Dallas News, 16 Sep. 2023 Starting with Jaylon Glover’s go-ahead rushing touchdown. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Sep. 2023 Lewis went three for three with two go-ahead field goals in the fourth quarter of Oregon’s 38-30 comeback win. oregonlive, 12 Sep. 2023
Quardell Young drives the length of the court for a go-ahead layup with 0.9 seconds left and Wisconsin-Whitewater holds off Williams to win the NCAA Division III men’s championship 75-73. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2023 The home run off Japan starter Shota Imanaga comes after Turner hit two in the semifinal against Cuba, a go-ahead grand slam in the quarterfinal against Venezuela and another in the group stage against Canada. Jesse Yomtov, USA TODAY, 22 Mar. 2023 His 62nd came on the silky assist on DeBrusk’s go-ahead goal. Emma Healy, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Mar. 2023 Goldschmidt hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the first on a 112 mph rocket high over the left-field wall. Ronald Blum, oregonlive, 20 Mar. 2023 Chandler Rome Turner’s slam lifts U.S. in to WBC semis Trea Turner hit a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning that lifted the United States over Venezuela 9-7 on Saturday night and into the World Baseball Classic semifinals. San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Mar. 2023 Phillies shortstop Trea Turner came through in that regard, delivering a go-ahead Grand Slam in the top of the eighth inning to send Team USA to Monday's semifinal matchup against Cuba. Michael Shapiro, Chron, 19 Mar. 2023 Nick Williams then drove in for a go-ahead runner with 14 minutes on the clock, but Jack Lutz responded with his own 3-pointer. Jr Radcliffe, Journal Sentinel, 17 Mar. 2023 He was held by Eagles cornerback James Bradberry on a play that led to a go-ahead field goal late in the fourth quarter of the Chiefs’ 38-35 win in the Super Bowl. Rob Maaddi, ajc, 16 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1829, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of go-ahead was in 1829

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“Go-ahead.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/go-ahead. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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