attagirl


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at·ta·girl

 (ăt′ə-gûrl′)
interj. Informal
Used to show encouragement or approval to a girl or woman: Attagirl! That was a great shot!

[Alteration of That's the girl!]
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attagirl

(ˈætəɡɜːl)
sentence substitute
1. an expression of approval
2. an expression of exhortation
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Translations

attagirl

[ˈætəgɜːl] EXCL (esp US) → ¡bravo!, ¡dale!
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attagirl

interj (esp US inf) → gut gemacht!
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References in periodicals archive ?
Frequently, we hear women express camaraderie by addressing another woman as "girl" in the workplace, such as "You go girl!" or "Attagirl!" or "Girl Power!" Why is that OK?
An "attaboy" oran "attagirl" can have lasting impact.
In the same year, her government banned strip clubs, paying for nudity in restaurants and Iceland was declared 'the most feminist country in the world.' Attagirl.
This indicated, of course, that the "attaboy" or attagirl" pats on the backs made employees feel valued for daily contributions in the workplace.
"None of the above," Comber typed, but before he could continue, it went on with "attaboy, attagirl, attitude, attorney general."
Regardless of its acceptability, I'll award you one, as well as an attagirl.
just like an old jalopy keeps going with new fenders and hubcaps." Attagirl! (ANI)
Let me guess: You have completed projects with spectacular results--or have at least made very laudable progress--but you haven't heard an "attaboy" or "attagirl" in quite some time.
David McConnell is the author of the recently published novel, The Firebrat (AttaGirl Press).
When it seemed most of the readers in my relatively conservative area were against me because of a controversial editorial, an "Attagirl" or two from smart people I'd never laid eyes on made it all better.
She taught me to call a puppy and then gently stroke its cheek, saying softly and sincerely, "Thank you for coming." I was used to a boisterous, "Attagirl!" followed by a rat-a-tat-tat on the rump that I now realize can be intrusive.