Definition of coming and going (or comings and goings) in English:

coming and going (or comings and goings)


  • Busy, active movements of many people, especially in and out of a place.

    ‘yesterday's comings and goings outside Number 10’
    • ‘She loved all the comings and goings with cars and rallying.’
    • ‘Can't help speculating, though, and putting stories together as I watch the comings and goings from the window and from my idle wanderings.’
    • ‘My dad came from a family of twelve kids (six girls, six boys), so there was a lot of comings and goings on that day.’
    • ‘It may be, however, that after years of working in an office he is enjoying being at the heart of his home, aware for the first time of the comings and goings of his family.’
    • ‘A bulletin board keeps track of their comings and goings.’
    • ‘Like a series of fishtanks, the interior is constantly animated by the comings and goings of building users and staff.’
    • ‘I like the noise and bustle and the comings and goings.’
    • ‘Yet I could have constructed a timetable of their comings and goings, their daily habits and activities.’
    • ‘This means that stores could track each customer's comings and goings.’
    • ‘And please keep your eyes open up there for the comings and goings of the rich and famous this morning.’
    activity, bustle, hustle and bustle, hurly-burly, commotion, tumult, hubbub, brouhaha, busyness, action, liveliness, animation, movement, life, excitement, agitation, fuss, flurry, stir, whirl
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