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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!
See also: 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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

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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