One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Excited or overwrought behaviour.‘I'm fed up with your incessant carrying-on’
- ‘Not content with his usual carryings-on, today I couldn't shift him out of the house without this multi coloured encumbrance.’
- ‘We can see them openly drinking and carrying-on.’
- ‘She considered most of the story a prologue for the part about rum and gold and carrying-on.’
- ‘I'm not interested during the game in the big drinking sessions, you know, the laughing, joking, and carrying-on, or mucking around with the locals.’
- ‘He would look on wryly at times when the others were carrying-on in the clubhouse about slights, real and imagined.’
- ‘Indeed, going by the carrying-on of county councillors in this regard, a good argument could be made for removing planning powers from councillors.’
- ‘The fact that the party, together with the media, regards this sort of carrying-on as significant, speaks volumes for how desperate they are to gather evidence against their leader.’
- 1.1 Salacious, improper, or immoral behaviour.‘the couple's public carrying-on embarrassed passersby’
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