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[goh-ingz-on, awn] /ˈgoʊ ɪŋzˈɒn, ˈɔn/
noun, Informal.
conduct or behavior, especially when open to criticism:
We had never seen such goings-on as at the last dance.
happenings; events:
The American newspaper kept her in touch with the goings-on back home.
Origin of goings-on
First recorded in 1765-75; noun use of present participle phrase going on Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • In the meantime you shall hear, constantly, of all my goings-on.

  • Gervaise remained calm and cheerful among all these goings-on.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • The men were asked if they had heard of any un-American goings-on in the Navy Yard.

    Secret Armies John L. Spivak
  • No, the people in the house was the last to hear anything of his goings-on.

    A Thin Ghost and Others

    M. R. (Montague Rhodes) James
  • He was a man of the world, and well acquainted with the goings-on of society.

    The Hero William Somerset Maugham
British Dictionary definitions for goings-on


plural noun (informal)
actions or conduct, esp when regarded with disapproval
happenings or events, esp when mysterious or suspicious: there were strange goings-on up at the Hall
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Happenings, events: keeps her up on the group's goings-on

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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