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Is straight as you go used often? What is the main difference to straight ahead?

I have heard straight ahead in conversations quite a bit, but straight as you go doesn’t ring a bell. Perhaps it occurs only in selective states in U.S.A.?

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"Straight as you go" (as part of a set of directions to get somewhere) is "informal/dialectal", but it's perfectly common in the UK as well as US. I doubt anyone would fail to understand it, even if they weren't in the habit of saying it themselves. –  FumbleFingers Nov 30 '12 at 18:57
    
I see thanks FumbleFingers –  Marin Nov 30 '12 at 19:00
    
You might want to note that "then straight as you go" produces no results at all in Google Books, whereas "then straight ahead" claims "about 10,300 results" (so don't be tempted to use it just so you'll pass for a native speaker, because it might well backfire! :) –  FumbleFingers Nov 30 '12 at 19:05
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"Straight as you go" sounds to me like a portmanteau of "Straight ahead" and "Steady as she goes". –  J.R. Nov 30 '12 at 19:39
    
@J.R.: I'd have thought more likely "[keep going] straight as you go [along]", but I don't know. –  FumbleFingers Nov 30 '12 at 19:44
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