From the get-go

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From the get-go means from the outset, from the beginning. From the get-go is an American phrase which comes from the African-American slang, git-go. From the get-go is assumed to have been derived from either the phrase from the word go or the phrase get going. From the get-go first appears in the 1960s, its popularity has soared in the last twenty years, according to Google’s Ngram Viewer. Note that the phrase from the get-go is rendered with a hyphen between the words get and go.


The dichotomy between what Janis presented on stage, and what she wrote when baring her soul, makes for a presentation that engages and enthralls from the get-go. (Parade Magazine)

Pasquarelli notes that they could have treated the copper to make it green from the get-go, but given the building’s highly visible location next to FDR Drive, the East River Ferry’s 34th Street terminal, and the Midtown Tunnel, they decided to leave the metal raw. (The Architectural Digest)

For someone who has only lived in East Windsor for the past eight years, Peter Larese jumped into community service to his adoptive town from the get-go – and has made quite the splash. (The Hartford Courant)

She also noted that the committee had a diverse array of opinions and that not everyone was in agreement from the get-go. (The Daily Princetonian)

This doomed-from-the-get-go dynamic turns their short but intense courtship into a tearjerker. (The Shreveport Times)

And Melania dished out the helpful info right from the get-go, starting with her headshot that accompanies the piece. (People Magazine)

They loved life in Kilkenny from the get-go, and have always got involved in local community matters. (The Independent)


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