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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘If he paid you to write a script, he was going to make that movie whether it was any good or not.’
    • ‘I had no idea when my father brainwashed me at birth whether my team was any good or not.’
    • ‘I wrote over 100 poems, without really thinking about whether it was any good or not.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘All they cared about was whether the songs were any good.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘Another salesman told me the focus was no good for close-up pictures (also not true).’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Owen argued reasonably though he knew it was no good.’
      • ‘The situation was no good for them and it was no good for us.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Arguing with them is no good, especially as that labels you as a member of the opposition party.’
      • ‘I finished about seventh on the order of merit but the money was no good.’
      • ‘I was one of many friends who tried everything to persuade Claire to give him up - but it was no good.’
      • ‘It was no good arguing with him when his mind was made up.’