How are things going?

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How are things going?

1. How are you? An informal greeting. Hey, great to see you again! How are things going? Hi Murray, how're things going?
2. How is (something) proceeding or progressing? You're working on the Smith case, right? How are things going?
See also: how, thing

How're things going?

Inf. a standard greeting inquiry. Bob: Hi, Fred! How're things going? Fred: Could be better. How's by you? Bill: How are things going? Mary: Fine, but I need to talk to you.
See also: thing