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    layla0302 is offline Member
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    So, I took him aside, and I got all creepy quiet, I got the crazy eyes going, and I said, "You stay away from Lily, or I swear to God I'll eat that moustache right off of your ugly French face."

    What does mean "going" in this sentence? I think it's not a formal expression..
    Also, if I say "right off your ugly French face" would it be awkward? I think there is already the preposition "off", so I think "of" is needless...

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    "Going" means "happening" here. No, it's not formal.

    "Off of" is considered redundant by many, yet it is frequently used. Hey, you kids! Get off of my lawn!

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    Default Re: going

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Going" means "happening" here. No, it's not formal.

    "Off of" is considered redundant by many, yet it is frequently used. Hey, you kids! Get off of my lawn!

    "I got the crazy eyes going" What does this mean?
    Does it mean I stared at him warningly/angrily?

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    Default Re: going

    That's right - it means that the person used body language (crazy eyes) to intimidate / warn off. This would emphasise the words used. When the body language matches the words then the impact is much stronger and more believable.

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    Default Re: going

    Yes, and wildly.
    "Right off" to emphasize the removal.

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