- irresponsible, irritating, self-indulgent, or overwrought behavior: The baby-sitter was exhausted from the child's noisy carrying-on.
- improper or immoral behavior.
Origin of carrying-on
First recorded in 1855–60
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Examples from the Web for carrying-on
What's all this we hear about your carrying-on this morning?Air Service Boys Flying for Victory
Charles Amory Beach
There was a newly-married couple in our car, and of course lots of us were more or less interested in their carrying-on.Atchoo!
They always seem to be happy, singing and “carrying-on” with the utmost abandon.The Spell of Flanders
Edward Neville Vose
When she got going, laughing and carrying-on, what wouldn't she say, right out before anybody!The Brimming Cup
Dorothy Canfield Fisher
- unconventional or questionable behaviour
- excited or flirtatious behaviour, esp when regarded as foolish