Definition of going noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɡəʊɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡoʊɪŋ//
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  1. 1[singular] (formal) an act of leaving a place synonym departure We were all sad at her going.
  2. 2[uncountable] (used with an adjective) the speed with which somebody 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.
  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. see also outgoings
    Extra examples Their going had been noticed. There had been lots of comings and goings at the house. What was the reason for his going?Idioms (informal) the movement of people arriving at and leaving a particular place It's hard to keep track of the children's comings and goings. used to describe somebody/something that is difficult to deal with or understand She's a bit heavy going. I found the course rather heavy going.
    when the going gets tough (the tough get going)
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    (saying) when conditions or progress become difficult (strong and determined people work even harder to succeed)
    while the going is good (British English) (usually North American English while the 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 American Dictionary entry: going