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[ goh-ing ]


  1. the act of leaving or departing; departure:

    a safe going and quick return.

  2. the condition of surfaces, as those of roads, for walking or driving:

    After the heavy rain, the going was bad.

  3. progress; advancement:

    With such slow going, the work is behind schedule.

  4. Usually goings. behavior; conduct; deportment.


  1. moving or working, as machinery.
  2. active, alive, or existing.
  3. continuing to operate or do business, especially in a successful manner:

    a going company.

  4. current; prevalent; usual:

    What is the going price of good farmland in this area?

  5. leaving; departing.


/ ˈɡəʊɪŋ /


  1. a departure or farewell
  2. the condition of a surface such as a road or field with regard to walking, riding, etc

    muddy going

  3. informal.
    speed, progress, etc

    we made good going on the trip


  1. thriving (esp in the phrase a going concern )
  2. current or accepted, as from past negotiations or commercial operation

    the going rate for electricians

    the going value of the firm

  3. postpositive available

    the best going

  4. going, going, gone!
    a statement by an auctioneer that the bidding has finished

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Word History and Origins

Origin of going1

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English; go 1, -ing 1, -ing 2

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Idioms and Phrases

  1. get going, to begin; get started.
  2. going away, Sports. by a wide margin, especially as established in the late stages of a contest:

    The champion won the bout going away.

  3. going on,
    1. nearly; almost:

      It's going on four o'clock.

    2. happening:

      What's going on here?

    3. continuing; lasting:

      That party has been going on all night.

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Example Sentences

The airport said in its release that tests will cost between $130 and $150, although the going price is $149 on Wellness 4 Humanity’s site.

When the going got tough you pulled on through and helped others to live.

Thanks to the double whammy of holiday feasting and pandemic-related pounds, New Year’s resolutions to get into shape were extra-big going into 2021.

From Fortune

From enterprise-wide announcements to award ceremonies, sharing snippets of events in the form of live stories is a tremendously useful way to showcase the goings-on at your company.

When the going’s been tough and the outlook is bleak, it helps to look back at past challenges as a reminder of how far we’ve come.

This is going to be the Game of Thrones of U.S. Senate races.

Music is a huge part of the tone of Black Dynamite overall—going back to the original 2009 movie on which the series is based.

The questions going through my mind are: How on earth are there Kalashnikovs and rocket launchers in the heart of Paris?

But I think Steve Austin has to team up with a Japanese holdout to stop a nuclear bomb from going off or something.

It opens with Huckabee's dramatic recollection of going through security at the airport.

That it is a reasonable and proper thing to ask our statesmen and politicians: what is going to happen to the world?

"I don't know whether I am going to like this or not--this coming to live in town," thought the little pig.

All my musical studies till now have been a mere going to school, a preparation for him.

And now I am going on to a review of the broad facts of the educational organization of our present world.

Then both the partners laughed together—pleasantly and cheerfully, as men who are going to receive money, often do.


Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.




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