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carrying-on

[kar-ee-ing-on, -awn] /ˈkær i ɪŋˈɒn, -ˈɔn/
noun, plural carryings-on. Informal.
1.
irresponsible, irritating, self-indulgent, or overwrought behavior:
The baby-sitter was exhausted from the child's noisy carrying-on.
2.
improper or immoral behavior.
Origin of carrying-on
1855-1860
1855-60
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  • What's all this we hear about your carrying-on this morning?

  • There was a newly-married couple in our car, and of course lots of us were more or less interested in their carrying-on.

    Atchoo! George Niblo
  • They always seem to be happy, singing and “carrying-on” with the utmost abandon.

    The Spell of Flanders Edward Neville Vose
  • When she got going, laughing and carrying-on, what wouldn't she say, right out before anybody!

    The Brimming Cup Dorothy Canfield Fisher
British Dictionary definitions for carrying-on

carrying-on

noun (informal) (pl) carryings-on
1.
unconventional or questionable behaviour
2.
excited or flirtatious behaviour, esp when regarded as foolish
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