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Difference between Come out ahead and Go ahead

come out aheadsucceed or make a profit:

  • The player can be in the hole by any amount of money and still come out ahead in the end.

go ahead

1. move in front:

  • The advance party has gone ahead to see if the mountain is safe for the other climbers.

2. start or continue with smth., especially after a period of uncertainty or delay:

  • Our expectation is that the elections will go ahead.

3. is used to indicate that a person is welcome to do smth.:

  • “Would you mind if I used your phone?” “Sure, go ahead.”

Cf.: get the go-ahead—get permission to begin an activity:

  • We are delighted to get the go-ahead for this project.

See also: come forward / go forward.