1940, “Dad and son, not incorporated”, in The Rotarian, volume 57, number September, page 34:
It's competition that makes the going.
1975, W. M. Scammell, International monetary policy: Bretton Woods and after, page 204:
In the run-up to the Rio Agreement of 1969 it was the Group of Ten who made the going.
1997, P. Waite, Lives of Dalhousie University: 1925-1980, The Old College Transformed, page 148:
In the years from 1945 to 1950 the veterans made the going. Dean Wilson, pacifist on principle, was not always comfortable with them.
2001, Simon Schama, A History of Britain, volume 2, page 293-4:
And it was the adversaries of the power of the Crown, so apparently entrenched by Danby, who made the going.
2004, Mark Hichens, Prime ministers' wives -- and one husband, page 72:
In her memoirs she recorded a proposal from him which, rather ungraciously, she said she had had to turn down because of the bad odour of his breath; but it is possible that it was she who made the going and he who backed out.