from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Improper, irresponsible, or silly behavior.
- n. An instance of such behavior.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Improper, immoral behavior
- n. Irritating or self-indulgent behavior
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Frolicsome or riotous behavior: usually in the plural, carryings-on.
- n. Nautical, the keeping of an excessive press of sail on a ship.
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Somewhat anomalous to all this rowdy, irreverent carrying-on was the almost daily presence of the esteemed "in-house" artist, Neil Boyle.
If fact, last year while in a very large Mexican restaurant in Bali, and sitting at the bar, an attractive middle aged woman approached and stood right next to me and ordered a pitcher of just wine with several glasses for a cadre of friends/woman sitting at a very large circular table, laughing, chatting, and carrying-on infectiously.
Our carrying-on was a scandal; but the women fetched the drink while all the village that could crowd in jammed the room to witness our antics.
Headland thinks to redeem the obscene carrying-on by eventually revealing Gena as caring for the overdosed Katie.
Of coarse, they laugh and we continue carrying-on … ..
And here's a story from KERA 90.1 FM about the church's carrying-on of this holiday traditition.
So I have to admit, some of the carrying-on I saw struck me as so much surplus electricity at times.
We were quick to say the obvious: that the Bradlees saw the Kennedys almost always as a foursome, and under those conditions, Kennedy's extracurricular carrying-on did not come up as a point of discussion.
A pledge from the boundary-less parent might sound like this: Son, from now on I'm going to watch my temper, and I'm not going to act as if yelling and screaming and carrying-on is acceptable under any circumstance.
The lady ahead of me carrying-on a five-foot feather headdress, much admired, and also sniffed.