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going on

happening; occurring. What is going on here? Something is going on in the center of town. Can you hear the sirens?
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going on

Also, going on for. Approaching, especially an age or time. For example, She's twelve, going on thirteen, or It's going on for midnight. The first term dates from the late 1500s, the variant from the mid-1800s. Also see go on.
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going on

Approaching: The child is six, going on seven years of age.
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References in classic literature ?
Morrel; "I will take the first conveyance I find, and hurry to Marseilles, whence I will bring you word how all is going on.
He was the very fellow to manage the engine; and so we have reconciled him to the custom of going on pilgrimage, and engaged him as chief engineer.
No business doing, no fun going on, nothing to drink, and no smoking allowed, and a thrumming of church music from morning till night.
The servants stood round the table- but Prince Andrew was not there and life was going on as before.
This he had done, and was now going on in wooden shoes and in his humble dress, for the bell sounded with so deep a tone, and with such strange power, that proceed he must.
When Edna entered the dining-room one evening a little late, as was her habit, an unusually animated conversation seemed to be going on.