comings and goings

noun plural

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comings and goings UK US noun [plural]
activity consisting of people arriving and leaving many times

The landlady was keeping an eye on his comings and goings.

Thesaurus: arrivals and entrancessynonym departuressynonym

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comings and goings,
back-and-forth activity; goings on: »

With all these comings and goings, it is hardly surprising that politics has become the main determinant of the world's stock markets (Punch).

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the busy movements of a person or group of people, esp. in and out of a place

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comings and goings
: the activity of people arriving at and leaving a place

He sat in the café watching the comings and goings of the customers.

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Main Entry:coming
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comings and goings
: the activity of people arriving at and leaving a place

I sat and watched the comings and goings of the other museum visitors.

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Main Entry:going

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ˌcomings and ˈgoings idiom
(informal) the movement of people arriving at and leaving a particular place

It's hard to keep track of the children's comings and goings.

Main entry:comingidiom

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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