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going on

adverb, preposition uk   us  
( UK also going on for) informal nearly or almost (a particular number, age, time, or amount): It was going on midnight when we left the party. There were going on 200 people at their wedding. humorous used for saying that someone behaves like a much older person: "How old is Brian?" "30 going on 50."
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