going/getting nowhere fast

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of going/getting nowhere fast

informal
: failing to make progress or to produce a desired result
  • The plan for a new stadium is going nowhere fast.

Word by Word Definitions

going play
  1. : an act or instance of going

  2. : behavior, actions

  3. : the condition of the ground (as for walking)

  1. : that goes

  2. : working, moving

  3. : living, existing

get play getting
  1. : to gain possession of

  2. : to receive as a return : earn

  3. : to obtain by concession or entreaty

  1. : something begotten:

  2. : offspring

  3. : the entire progeny of a male animal

  1. : a document of release from obligation in Jewish law

  2. : a religious divorce by Jewish law

nowhere play
  1. : not in or at any place

  2. : to no place

  3. : not at all : not to the least extent

  1. : a nonexistent place

  2. : an unknown, distant, or obscure place or state

  1. : of or relating to a remote or relatively unknown location

fast play
  1. : firmly fixed

  2. : tightly shut

  3. : adhering firmly

  1. : in a firm or fixed manner

  2. : in a sound manner : deeply

  3. : in a rapid manner : quickly

  1. : to abstain from food

  2. : to eat sparingly or abstain from some foods

  1. : the practice of fasting

  2. : a time of fasting

  1. : something that fastens (such as a mooring line) or holds a fastening


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