Definition of be any (or no or much) good in English:

be any (or no or much) good


  • 1Have some (or none or a lot of) merit.

    ‘tell me whether that picture is any good’
    • ‘I had no idea when my father brainwashed me at birth whether my team was any good or not.’
    • ‘If he paid you to write a script, he was going to make that movie whether it was any good or not.’
    • ‘All they cared about was whether the songs were any good.’
    • ‘The tables are also notoriously poor at showing whether the school is any good at handling pupils with all levels of ability, and not just the academic, and whether it is achieving to its full potential.’
    • ‘You would think that he might want to assess whether they were any good or not, or at least meet them, before giving them the long white envelopes.’
    • ‘I wrote over 100 poems, without really thinking about whether it was any good or not.’
    • ‘I'll take the camera but there are no guarantees that the pictures will be any good; usually I can only manage blurred, chopped off heads and just plain naff!’
    • ‘I saw it on video a good five years ago now, so I can't remember whether it was any good or not - it probably isn't.’
    • ‘If you programme people in advance to think that they are getting a fixed-price bargain, all they seem to notice is the bottom line on the bill, not whether the food is any good or not.’
    • ‘When I went off to grad school after college, I decided to start writing down all the little ideas I had during the day, whether they were any good or not (this is all starting to sound very familiar).’
    1. 1.1 Be of some (or none or a lot of) help in dealing with a situation.
      ‘it's no good arguing with him’
      • ‘It was argued that it is no good earmarking funds for footballing academies if the fear is that clubs are about to lose a generation of supporters.’
      • ‘It was no good arguing with him when his mind was made up.’
      • ‘It was no good arguing that wage levels reflected forced labour and the absence of union rights or that competition was unfair - the old system was flawed.’
      • ‘At first I said it was no good if it was only until the end of the season.’
      • ‘The situation was no good for them and it was no good for us.’
      • ‘Owen argued reasonably though he knew it was no good.’
      • ‘I finished about seventh on the order of merit but the money was no good.’
      • ‘Arguing with them is no good, especially as that labels you as a member of the opposition party.’
      • ‘Another salesman told me the focus was no good for close-up pictures (also not true).’
      • ‘I was one of many friends who tried everything to persuade Claire to give him up - but it was no good.’