From the Word Go

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From the Word Go: From the very beginning or start.


"It turns out the bank president was in on the scam from the word go."

"I was a part of this company from the word go and now it's finally time to retire."

"I told you from the get-go not to depend on Roger, he's never been reliable."


Dating from the early 1800's, the expression probably alludes to the start of a race signaled by an official yelling go, as in "ready, set, GO!"

The alternative, "from the get-go" is much younger, having been used since the 1960's. The allusion here is probably quite transparent since the idiom seems to be a short-hand version of "since (something) got going."

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