Definition of going in English:



  • 1An act or instance of leaving a place; a departure.

    ‘his going left an enormous gap in each of their lives’
    • ‘Keeping track of the goings and comings of companies in the industry, as you know, is an impossible task.’
    • ‘Adeline watched, hands clasped together on her lap, at the goings and comings.’
    • ‘Local councils are apparently not above hiring private detectives to keep tabs on the coming and goings of certain gentleman's clubs.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, there were no major comings or goings at Ewood yesterday ahead of last night's transfer deadline.’
  • 2in singular The condition of the ground viewed in terms of suitability for walking, riding, or other travel (used especially in the context of horse racing)

    ‘the going was ideal here, with short turf and a level surface’
    • ‘The rain over the past couple of days meant the going was heavy with the conditions testing the stamina of the horses.’
    • ‘A huge crowd was at Prestbury Park where the going was good but the rain dampened spirits a little.’
    • ‘If the going is genuinely good or faster at Aintree I think Monty's Pass must have a great chance.’
    • ‘It is designed that way so that bookies always have the upper hand whatever the going.’
    • ‘The soft sand hills made for some slow going at times.’
    • ‘My hope is that he will have good to firm ground come Sunday as that would be his ideal going.’
    1. 2.1 Progress affected by travelling conditions.
      ‘the paths were covered with drifting snow and the going was difficult’
      • ‘Ditches and tree roots always make the going difficult in the woodland sections at this venue.’
      forward movement, onward movement, progression, advance, advancement, headway, passage
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    2. 2.2 Conditions for, or progress in, an endeavor.
      ‘an opportunity to get out while the going is good’
      ‘she is a big support when the going gets tough’
      ‘the search goes on, but it is slow going’
      • ‘The going has proved tough for her since then but Kay was touched by the good will of her many sponsors.’
      • ‘The young men were always going to find the going tough as the big two Ashford and Kent battled for first position.’
      • ‘She started on the return route before the going got too tough for the small ones to handle.’
      • ‘What is sad in politics is when the going gets tough there is this culture of blame and spin.’
      • ‘To his surprise it was good enough to take third place as his peers found the going tough.’
      • ‘When the going got really tough he clung to the fact he was realising not only his own dream, but that of his father.’
      • ‘If you have been promoted and are finding the going tough, don't get downhearted.’
      • ‘It may be prudent to ensure that real property is carefully titled while the going is good.’
      • ‘It's in our blood to kickstart things, to move on when the going gets tough, not to give in.’
      • ‘Chris Henderson's squad of undercover narcotics officers was finding the going tough.’
      • ‘When the going got tough every York player on the pitch dug deeper to excel in the face of adversity.’
      • ‘His near misses have left him saddled with a reputation as a man who, when the going gets tough, goes to pieces.’
      • ‘Further up the slope, the going gets tougher as the scree run is encountered.’
      • ‘Everyone wants to play for York City and there is no-one looking to jump ship just as the going gets tough.’
      • ‘Football mirrors life, you only find out about people when the going gets tough.’
      • ‘Most of the players were on Premiership wages and hid when the going got tough.’
      • ‘You can train a fighter to behave this way, but when the going gets tough, he may retreat.’
      • ‘If the going gets tough, and they want to play the long ball early, Sutton handles that well.’
      • ‘They were always going to find the going tough but they didn't expect to be quite so much out of their league.’
      • ‘They think the market is probably going to crash and they'd like to cash in while the going is good.’


  • 1British predicative Existing or available; to be had.

    ‘he asked if there were any other jobs going’
    • ‘I had looked over the weeks to see what sort of prices things were going for and I thought my bid was about right.’
    • ‘Another advantage going for huss is that, compared to many other fish, they grow sizeable.’
    • ‘Let's have a look on the internet and see what kind of prices they are going for.’
    • ‘If there was a spare ride going they would try to get the best available and, if not, get Dean.’
    • ‘You could also check if you have a valuable first edition by seeing if it is on the site and the price it is going for.’
    profitable, profit-making, gainful, remunerative, moneymaking, paying, high-income, well paid, high-paying, bankable, cost-effective
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  • 2attributive (especially of a price) generally accepted as fair or correct; current.

    ‘people willing to work for the going rate’
    • ‘The standard response is that we must pay the going rate to get the right people.’
    • ‘The going rate is about $120 - $140 per day per person.’
    • ‘The fact it is priced at less than half the going rate for a CD single makes it both sublime and ridiculous.’
    • ‘All employees work a minimum of 15 hours per week and are paid the going rate for the job.’
    • ‘To help you agree a fair fee, consider linking it to the going rate for a childminder in your area.’
    • ‘The players counter that as full-time professionals they should be paid the going rate for the job.’
    • ‘Because we are in administration clubs might feel they do not have to pay the going rate.’
    • ‘The going price is between $12 and $15 for 100 grams.’
    • ‘If you don't want to be paid in full, consider asking for a proportion of the professional going rate.’
    • ‘I am sure they are perfectly happy to pay him the going rate if they can find him.’
    • ‘Millions of us have our nest eggs in taxed savings accounts that pay well below the going rate of interest.’
    • ‘Cheap means something is purchased below the going price or value.’
    • ‘But who is going to train them, bearing in mind that they will be extra to the going rate?’
    • ‘If not, they are offering them alternative positions for one year at the going rate.’
    • ‘There was in other words a subterranean chain of information about the going rates.’
    • ‘Hendrie would listen to offers for his stars, but won't let them go for less than the going rate.’
    • ‘They will have to pay the going rate for credit and other services they require.’
    • ‘The Academy's punishment falls far short of the going rate for music theft.’
    • ‘Pay the going rate and hire a professional, either permanently or on a proper fixed term contract.’
    prevalent, prevailing, common, in general use, accepted, in circulation, circulating, going around, doing the rounds, making the rounds, popular, widespread, rife, about
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  • when the going gets tough, the tough get going

    • proverb When conditions become difficult people with a strong character become more determined.

      • ‘We went through a difficult time, but when the going gets tough, the tough get going.’
      • ‘But when the going gets tough, the tough get going and in the final ten minutes they rapped over three points to earn victory.’
      • ‘It was then a case of when the going gets tough, the tough get going as Crawford clashed with the former West of Ireland champion and current senior international.’
      • ‘As they say, when the going gets tough, the tough get going and the entire group was off the trail at Shramore eight hours after starting out.’
      • ‘As the sun went down and a happy bunch went home, many were still in with a chance, but when the going gets tough, the tough get going.’