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.
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.