attagirl

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attagirl

An expression of encouragement, support, or approval toward a girl, woman, or female animal, used as a standalone interjection before or after a sentence. Largely presumed to be a corruption of the expression "that's the girl"; it is also sometimes spelled "atta girl." Attagirl! I knew you would ace your exam.
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Richard Harding, a rising star in his days with Michael Hourigan, was seen at his best when landing the bumper on Andrew Lee's Atagirl. This was the 23-year-old's 18th winner.
The "Atagirls" were not allowed to any communication equipment, in oto reserve the airwaves for fighters.
As well as being pioneers in the air, Mary and her fellow Atagirls battled for the right to wear trousers instead of skirts in the cockpit.
With her parents' blessing she applied, took a flying test and was accepted into the ranks of the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA), where the females became known as Atagirls -- Anything to Anywhere.
* In World War II, Britain's Air Transport Auxiliary enlisted women pilots ("Atagirls") because there weren't enough unfit civilian male pilots ("ancient tattered airmen") to ferry fighter planes and bombers to military bases.
The "Atagirls" were not allowed to use any communication equipment, in order to reserve the airwaves for fighters.