coming\ and\ going

• coming and going
• going and coming
adv. phr.
1. Both ways; in both directions.

The truck driver stops at the same cafe coming and going.

John was late. He got punished both going and coming; his teacher punished him and his parents punished him.

2. Caught or helpless; in your power; left with no way out of a difficulty. - Used after "have".

If Beth stayed in the house, Mother would make her help with the cleaning; if she went outside, Father would make her help wash the car - they had her coming and going.

Uncle Mike is a good checker player, and he soon had me beat coming and going.

Compare: between the devil and the deep blue sea

Словарь американских идиом. — СПб., Изд-во "Лань". . 1997.

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  • not know whether you are coming or going — (not) know if/whether (you) are coming or going to be unable to think clearly and decide what to do because you have so many things to deal with. I had so much to do yesterday that I didn t know whether I was coming or going. The recent changes… …   New idioms dictionary

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