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English definition of “going”

going

noun uk   /ˈɡəʊ.ɪŋ/ us    /ˈɡoʊ-/

going noun (SPEED)

[U] how quickly you do something: Cambridge to Newcastle in four hours is good going - you must have been driving flat out.

going noun (DIFFICULTY)

[U] how easy or difficult something is: She's obviously very intelligent, but her lectures are heavy going (= they are difficult to understand). He found three 400 metre races in two days hard going (= difficult).

going noun (GROUND)

[U] the condition of the ground for walking or riding, etc.: After an inch of rain at the racecourse overnight, the going is described as good to soft.

going noun (LEAVING)

[S] an occasion when someone leaves somewhere: His going came as as shock.

going

adjective [after noun] uk   /ˈɡəʊ.ɪŋ/ us    /ˈɡoʊ-/
available or existing: I wouldn't trust him if I were you - he's the biggest crook going (= he's the most dishonest person that exists). I don't suppose there's any left-over pie going, is there?
(Definition of going noun, adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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