- 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
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Examples from the Web for goings-on
In his more-than-a-dozen books, he has thoughtfully mined the goings-on of the ape world for insights about the human one.What Can Animals Teach Us About Our Morality?
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The goings-on at Deccan Chronicle demonstrate the state of the industry.Journalists as Advertisers
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The goings-on of the Shreveport werewolf pack and Alcide (Joe Manganiello)?‘True Blood’ Season 5: Has HBO’s Vampire Drama Lost Its Bite?
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She never seemed fazed or perturbed by the goings-on and the very chaotic sleeping arrangements.Earthy Beauty
March 19, 2009
Hobby and Rayburn were only the first in a stream of politicians to stay in touch with goings-on at Del Charro.The Death of the Texas Oilman
February 4, 2009
In the meantime you shall hear, constantly, of all my goings-on.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
Gervaise remained calm and cheerful among all these goings-on.L'Assommoir
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
- actions or conduct, esp when regarded with disapproval
- happenings or events, esp when mysterious or suspiciousthere were strange goings-on up at the Hall
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