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doing

noun uk   /ˈduː.ɪŋ/ us  

doing noun (ACTION)

be sb's doing [U] to be done or caused by someone: Is this your doing? (= Did you do this?) It was not my doing.
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take some doing [U] to be difficult to do and need a lot of effort: Running a marathon takes some/a lot of doing.doings [plural] UK someone's activities: The doings of the British royal family have always been of interest to the media.

doing noun (THING)

doings [C] ( plural doings) UK informal anything, especially a small object, whose name you have forgotten or do not know: I'm looking for a doings to hold up a curtain rail that's fallen down.
Translations of “doing”
in Chinese (Traditional) 行爲…
in Chinese (Simplified) 行为…
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