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goings-on

[goh-ingz-on, awn] /ˈgoʊ ɪŋzˈɒn, ˈɔn/
noun, Informal.
1.
conduct or behavior, especially 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.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75; noun use of present participle phrase going on
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Examples from the web for goings-on
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  • The children observe these goings-on, learning the lesson that might makes right.
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  • Critics say that there is still too much mystery surrounding the goings-on of neurons to create an accurate computer reproduction.
  • All those connections put astrocytes in a great position to influence the goings-on in the brain.
  • Since that's not too likely, your point seems a valid interpretation of goings-on.
  • In some cases, the law insists that directors ought to know about dodgy goings-on, even if they do not.
  • Sometimes, that makes for weird goings-on at the bottom of the ballot.
British Dictionary definitions for goings-on

goings-on

plural noun (informal)
1.
actions or conduct, esp when regarded with disapproval
2.
happenings or events, esp when mysterious or suspicious: there were strange goings-on up at the Hall
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for goings-on

goings-on

noun

Happenings, events: keeps her up on the group's goings-on


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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