noun plural Date: 1775 1. actions, events 2. irregular or reprehensible happenings or conduct <
titillating stories about the goings-on of the carefree millionaires — Eleanor Early

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  • goings-on — ► PLURAL NOUN informal ▪ activities of a suspect or unusual nature …   English terms dictionary

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  • goings-on — N PLURAL If you describe events or activities as goings on, you mean that they are strange, interesting, amusing, or dishonest. The Swiss girl had found out about the goings on in the factory. ...strange goings on between Cantrell and his men …   English dictionary

  • goings-on — n events, activities, occurrences, happenings, affairs, scenes, business, misbehaviour, mischief COLLOQ. funny business * * * ˌgoings ˈon [goings on] noun plural ( …   Useful english dictionary

  • goings-on — /goh ingz on , awn /, n. Informal. 1. conduct or behavior, esp. when open to criticism: We had never seen such goings on as at the last dance. 2. happenings; events: The American newspaper kept her in touch with the goings on back home. [1765 75; …   Universalium

  • goings-on — /ˌgoʊɪŋz ˈɒn / (say .gohingz on) plural noun Colloquial 1. actions; conduct; behaviour (used chiefly with depreciative force): *She had not yet forgiven him for his mysterious goings on that morning –ruth park, 1948. 2. current events: *bring… …   Australian English dictionary

  • goings-on — n. happenings; events. □ There are sure some strange goings on around here. □ Some big goings on downtown tied up the traffic …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

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