going, going, gone


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going, going, gone

 
1. [in an auction] close to being sold, almost sold, sold. Going, going, gone. The new owner is the handsome gentleman in the back row.
2. Fig. disappearing and finally gone. The little car is going, going, gone.
See also: gone

going, going, gone

No longer available, as in If you want this last doughnut speak up-going, going, gone! This expression, used by auctioneers to indicate the acceptance of a final bid for an item, is occasionally used more loosely, as in the example. It is beloved by baseball announcers when describing a home run as it approaches and clears the outfield wall. [c. 1800]
See also: gone
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It was going, going, gone once again at Loveitts' latest auction, at The Allesley Hotel in Coventry, with deals worth more than pounds 1million exchanging hands.
The price to exceed pounds 80,000 was originally posted at 3-1, but that has been going, going, gone for some time and 13-8 is now the best you'll get.
After the last bid is received, there is a five minute going, going, gone period, at which time the lot closes and winners are posted on the winners table.
Most made it across the bog but it was a case of going, going, gone for Michelle who ended up a fish out of water in the Connemara mud.
IT will be a case of going, going, gone at a charity auction in Nuneaton next weekend.
Ladbrokes are taking an almighty risk in offering 7-4 that it fetches less than EUR500,000 - get on quick because those odds will be going, going, gone.