American English

Definition of going noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[uncountable] (used with an adjective) the speed with which someone does something; how difficult it is to do something Walking four miles in an hour is pretty good going for me. She had her own company by 25—not bad going! It was hard going getting up at five every morning. Even with everyone working overtime, it's still pretty slow going.
  2. 2[singular] (formal) an act of leaving a place synonym departure We were all sad at her going.
  3. 3[uncountable] the condition of the ground, especially in horse racing The going is good to firm. The path was rough going, even in daylight.
  4. Idioms
    comings and goings (informal)
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    the movement of people arriving at and leaving a particular place It's hard to keep track of the kids' comings and goings.
    heavy going
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    used to describe something that is difficult to deal with or understand I found the course to be heavy going.
    when the going gets tough (the tough get going) (saying)
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    when conditions or progress become difficult (strong and determined people work even harder to succeed)
    while the going/getting is good
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    before a situation changes and it is no longer possible to do something Don't you think we should quit while the going is good?
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: going