while the going is good

Definition of while the going is good

chiefly British

  1. :  while there is a good opportunity Let's get what we can while the going is good.

Word by Word Definitions

whileplay
  1. :  a period of time especially when short and marked by the occurrence of an action or a condition :  time

    :  the time and effort used (as in the performance of an action) :  trouble

  1. :  during the time that

    :  as long as

    :  when on the other hand :  whereas

  1. :  until

goingplay
  1. :  an act or instance of going

    :  behavior, actions

    :  the condition of the ground (as for walking)

  1. :  working, moving

    :  living, existing

    :  current, prevailing

goodplay
  1. :  of a favorable character or tendency

    :  bountiful, fertile

    :  handsome, attractive

  1. :  something that is good

    :  something conforming to the moral order of the universe

    :  praiseworthy character :  goodness

  1. :  well

    : used as an intensive


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