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going, going, gone

1. A phrase used by an auctioneer as auction ends. And this gorgeous brooch is going, going, gone!
2. By extension, a phrase used to indicate that something will not be available much longer and then is ultimately gone. A: "You better get in here—these cookies are going, going, gone!" B: "Ugh, I just missed out on the last one!"
3. A phrase used to describe something as it gradually disappears from view. Often used to describe a home run in baseball, as the ball flies over the outfield fence. And that ball is going, going, gone! It's a home run for Miller!
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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

going, going, gone!

an auctioneer's traditional announcement that bidding is closing or closed, and that this is the last chance to have something. informal
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It was a case of going, going, gone as two 16-storey Sandwell tower blocks were reduced to rubble in seconds.
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.
But honest Ian wasn't going, going, gone with the cash - he handed it straight back.
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.
GOING, going, gone - a modest brick-built Birmingham toilet block created auction history when it went under the hammer.