One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Begin or carry on with (an activity)‘you are going about this in the wrong way’
set about, begin, embark on, make a start on, start, address oneself to, get down to, get to work on, get going on, undertakeView synonyms
- ‘Only hours earlier, he had been going about his business as normal.’
- ‘Westin spoke to me from his New York office, and began by explaining how he went about his research.’
- ‘The birds were singing and the townsfolk were going about their normal business.’
- ‘As she goes about her mundane activities, she recalls episodes decades before that might have changed her life.’
- ‘The king and queen went about their daily activities as calmly as possible, trying to mask their uneasiness.’
- ‘The documentary follows Mandela as he goes about his day-to-day activities in Europe, Asia, Africa and America, to uncover this truly extraordinary man.’
- ‘By the time he was finished, the sun was up and the villagers were going about their daily activities.’
- ‘I went about my normal day in the shop, maybe a little busier than normal as it was leading up to Mother's Day weekend.’
- ‘Publicity of this kind must be very harrowing for a normal, everyday woman going about her business.’
- ‘They went about their task with commendable commitment, skill and enthusiasm.’
- ‘He stood in the door as she went about making her breakfast.’
Change to an opposite tack.
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