One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Act virtuously, especially by helping others.
- ‘The banks, by way of being seen to be doing good, will also remind us of how much they contribute to the Treasury to help Gordon Brown pay for hospitals and schools.’
- ‘At 57, folks often care more about doing good than looking good.’
- ‘In a world where people want to be recognised and rewarded for their achievements, it is humbling to see someone who is committed to doing good for the sake of doing good.’
- ‘He said: ‘I'm really pleased because it's nice to get recognition for doing good in the community.’’
- ‘He added: ‘Whoever did this obviously has no regard for decency or for people who are doing good for the sake of the local community.’’
- ‘They both ask people to be virtuous, and they both do good to their followers.’
- ‘Purity of heart comes with doing good to others.’
- ‘If we had to limit our interviews to everybody who was doing good and contributing to society, I'm afraid that might be an awfully short list.’
2Make a helpful contribution to a situation.‘could the discussion do any good?’
- ‘On one hand, a lot of it seems more devoted to hyping the careers of Jerry and his friends than to actually doing good for folks afflicted with muscular dystrophy.’
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