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got it going on

  1. (idiomatic, colloquial, chiefly US) Be attractive, outgoing (typically of women).
    • 2006, Terry McMillan, Waiting to Exhale‎, page 144:
      "You got it going on, girlfriend. Don't she, Joey?" "It's working for you, sweetheart," Joseph said, and took a sip of his coffee.
    • 2006 May 9, Karen O., “Big Gay Following”, in The Advocate, volume 962, page 32:
      One is the sort of girl who's really got it together and who has a sort of boyish look and who's really got it going on.
    • 1995 March, Danyel Smith, “Keith Murray: the most beautifullest”, in Vibe, volume 3, number 2, page 47:
      But then monikers aren't all that important when you've got it going on like this MC. Even drowning in layers of winter clothes and speaking in a barely-there voice, Murray is clearly the beautifulest, his edgy grace plain for all to see.
  2. (idiomatic, colloquial, chiefly US) Appreciatively, of someone or something for being active and successful in a pursuit, to have the ability to be active and successful in a pursuit.
    • 2005, Sean Dooley, Big Twitch: One Man, One Continent, a Race Against Time - A True Story about Birdwatching, page 62:
      People always told me that owning property was a big turn-on for many women – a sign that a bloke has got it going on financially.
    • 1998 April, Scott Sterling, “localzine: Detroit, Michigan”, in CMJ New Music Monthly, number 56, page 77:
      In other words, Detroit has got it going on big time these days. With not one, but two new sports stadiums...
    • 1993 June, Felicia Scrubb, “Letters to the Editor: Hale Berry”, in Ebony, volume 48, number 8, page 10:
      Ooooooooh Ebony! You got it going on! I could have screamed when I saw David Justice and Halle Berry on the cover of the April issue.