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[goh-ingz-on, awn] /ˈgoʊ ɪŋzˈɒn, ˈɔn/
noun, Informal.
conduct or behavior, especially when open to criticism:
We had never seen such goings-on as at the last dance.
happenings; events:
The American newspaper kept her in touch with the goings-on back home.
Origin of goings-on
1765-75; noun use of present participle phrase going on Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for goings-on
  • How to picture the dynamic goings-on inside body organs once was one of the hottest unsolved mysteries in medicine.
  • Or browse the site to learn the latest goings-on in the city's social scene as well as topics of political discussion.
  • The children observe these goings-on, learning the lesson that might makes right.
  • Tips flowed in from readers about political goings-on in their communities.
  • And he's into this hold-me-tight thing, and she's captured by his goings-on.
  • 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


plural noun (informal)
actions or conduct, esp when regarded with disapproval
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



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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