have it going on

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Verb[edit]

have it going on (third-person singular simple present has it going on, present participle having it going on, simple past and past participle had it going on)

  1. To instigate, observe, or allow an event to continue.
    • 1905, Canadian House of Commons, “Debates: official report”, page 1994: 
      We might just as well take our stand upon it and fight it out now on both sides of the House as to have it going on and being a perennial sore from year to...
    • 1907, United Kingdom House of Commons, “Parliamentary papers”, page 249: 
      They have it going on partially, but then it is a day shift of men that works up to 5 and 6 o'clock.
  2. (idiomatic, chiefly African American Vernacular) To be attractive or socially successful or have an aura of success.
    • 2000, Cheatie Holeman, The Girl's Got It Going on, page 123:
      The brother did have it going on though. He was 6'4", a copper-tone tan, not too black and not too light, a military career, and was looking for a job...
    • 2006, Carol Ann Culbert Johnson, I Confess 2, page 30:
      "... I see you on a runway with the petite models, and you have it going on, and then some.” I smiled at his words.

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