Definition of good in English:



  • 1To be desired or approved of.

    ‘it's good that he's back to his old self’
    ‘a good quality of life’
    as exclamation ‘Good! The more people the better!’
    • ‘Gough will be in a good position to judge, as he will be working for Sky Sports during its coverage of the series.’
    • ‘It discusses the need and value of a good reputation for both York as a city and the council that runs it.’
    • ‘He made the best of a good position off the last bend to finish fifth, less than two bike lengths behind the winner.’
    • ‘It was not a good position to be in at a time of such great opportunity.’
    • ‘Because even if the London market is a tad depressed, good deals still sell fast.’
    • ‘This side have a good hunger and they've got desire and they are good qualities to have.’
    • ‘We started today's game against Kent in a good position although we did lose a few too many wickets after tea.’
    • ‘The support we have received puts us in a good position to secure the financial future of the fayre in years to come.’
    • ‘For a business and investment world starved of good news, this seems almost too good to be true.’
    • ‘But it's easy amid this depressing news to lose sight of some good things going on.’
    • ‘It's so good to welcome Leanne Benjamin back to the Royal Opera House after maternity leave.’
    • ‘I can go out here in Ireland and the people are good enough to come out and see me.’
    • ‘However, when he was interviewed he seemed positive and had a good professional attitude.’
    • ‘The news comes on the back of a good Ofsted report for Commonweal which was described as an effective school.’
    • ‘Perhaps Edinburgh people are more confident of having good jobs and money in the future.’
    • ‘It is pleasing to see he has a good sense of humour in his reply to the Marie Antoinette comment.’
    • ‘But they are certainly a more welcome sight for traders hoping for a good sales season.’
    • ‘Having more work than you know what to do with is actually a pretty good position to be in, points out Mr Houston.’
    • ‘She was given the task of bringing me up and instilling reasonably good values in me.’
    • ‘If you think that's a good thing, and want to show your support, please go there for a drink.’
    1. 1.1 Pleasing and welcome.
      ‘we've had some good news’
      ‘it's good to see you again’
      • ‘I have to make the most of this good spell of form, and am pleased that we are doing well in Europe.’
      • ‘Everything fell into place for us once the game began and the good start was very welcome.’
      • ‘It was a welcome piece of good fortune for the Scot, who blamed the wind for losing time in the middle sector of his lap.’
      • ‘People take great pains to thank us for our efforts and whilst it is not necessary, it is good to be appreciated.’
      • ‘The news on margins was certainly good as this is the key area of concern at the moment.’
      • ‘She's bossy too but I was so glad she was there, even though none of the news was good.’
      • ‘Any action is welcome and a good sign that Government is taking the problem seriously.’
      • ‘However, it is good to have our position recognised and be given a clean bill of health.’
      • ‘It is good to see our standards and achievements recognised by the Home Office in this report.’
      • ‘Ivy went to check on her bike, and was pleased to see it was also in good condition.’
      • ‘For many the news will be good, confirming that they can now go to the university or college of their choice.’
      • ‘I then had to wait for the results and I didn't know if it was going to be good or bad news.’
      • ‘The first good sign is a complimentary gin and tonic and plenty leg-room on the plane.’
      • ‘On reflection, I guess it's good that people are turning to the internet for their news.’
      • ‘As has been said before, it's better to be confident of a good result than hopeful of a great one.’
      • ‘While international news might be bad, our personal fortunes are frequently good.’
      • ‘Things start going wrong, bad news overshadows the good, the odds seem stacked against us.’
      • ‘Bonnie had another trip to the vets on Friday and unfortunately the news wasn't good.’
      • ‘It is good to see the standard of netball in the first division is improving.’
      • ‘The prospect of good weather and a favourable exchange rate are no doubt turning minds to sunny climes.’
    2. 1.2 Showing approval.
      ‘the play had good reviews’
      • ‘It was kind of sad, because we had all these good reviews and no one could find the album!’
      • ‘That's not to say that few people could or would deliver good reviews or criticism.’
      • ‘The series received rotten reviews, then good ones, and the viewing figures blossomed.’
      • ‘Lewis says he may take a look at any good reviews but he doesn't read a lot of his own press.’
      • ‘The results for individual schools in Bradford show some good success stories.’
      • ‘We've also received generous amounts of fan mail so we are getting our fair share of good press.’
      • ‘I'm planning on picking up the Invisibles series after seeing so many good reviews on it.’
      • ‘It is a handsome thing, and has already had a good review in Scotland on Sunday.’
      • ‘But his review in Commentary is so good that I ordered the book on the strength of it.’
      • ‘TLM are committed to continuous efficiency gains and have a good record of success.’
      • ‘As an unknown first-time author, to get such a good review was a dream come true.’
      • ‘Mrs Bradley said she was confident of a good response to the proposals from parents.’
      • ‘We had a fairly good reaction and it allowed us to get better gigs and travel a bit.’
      • ‘A good reputation acts as an antecedent for both employee and customer attitudes.’
      • ‘I may even be grateful for a good review of my book which I know was not a masterpiece of impartiality.’
      • ‘The reviews were far from good, and it is a flawed production, but still I thought a powerful one.’
      • ‘My old friend Paul gave it a good review when it was in the cinema, so I'm fairly interested to see it.’
      • ‘While the reviews have been good, some critics have said the work has the hallmarks of a first draft.’
      • ‘The tabloids have given good reviews and he says people are generally supportive.’
      • ‘Both these units have been successful and have received good reports from Ofsted.’
      approving, commendatory, commending, praising, complimentary, flattering, glowing, appreciative, enthusiastic
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  • 2Having the required qualities; of a high standard.

    ‘a good restaurant’
    ‘his marks are just not good enough’
    • ‘He thinks the series stands up after three years, pointing out that the production values are good.’
    • ‘People feel that communication has not been good enough, but in my view there is no magical solution to this.’
    • ‘The school was also commended for its good standard of care and guidance given to children.’
    • ‘The report said parents were most pleased that the school is managed well and teaching is good.’
    • ‘Once they see the processing plant here their eyes light up because the standard is so good.’
    • ‘It is part of the good governance that is required to ensure the security of the fiscal base.’
    • ‘Judges will be looking for tuneful singing and a good standard of musicianship.’
    • ‘The general concern is that security at the centre concerned is not good enough and should be rectified.’
    • ‘What is really required is a good standard of health care delivered locally.’
    • ‘A good standard of maths is also required as there is a high mathematical content to the course.’
    • ‘A good standard of motivational interviewing was provided throughout the study.’
    • ‘A good king ruled through and with the nobility, whose respect he had to win and maintain.’
    • ‘However, Inspector Paul Switzer is confident the good work will continue in the sector.’
    • ‘I think the assumptions about what is required to be a good scientist need to be inspected closely.’
    • ‘If there is a good standard of equipment then this will attract tourists to the park.’
    • ‘He knew that accurate observations required good instruments and he began to acquire them.’
    • ‘He can catch, he can dive, he can read the game, and his kicking is good enough to take the pressure off his defence.’
    • ‘They have one or two players that he might loan to us and if they are good enough we would welcome them into our team.’
    • ‘Taunton's College was found to have good teaching and learning standards across the board.’
    • ‘Under his command prominence was given to sharp news stories and good writing.’
    fine, of high quality, of a high standard, quality, superior
    delicious, mouth-watering, appetizing, tasty, flavoursome, flavourful, delectable, toothsome, inviting, enjoyable, palatable
    valid, genuine, authentic, legitimate, sound, bona fide
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    1. 2.1 Skilled at doing or dealing with a specified thing.
      ‘I'm good at crosswords’
      ‘he was good with children’
      • ‘You have to be good at talking to the public and even better at listening.’
      • ‘He's been good at everything he's turned his hand to because of his determination and ambition.’
      • ‘I also had to keep in mind the possibility that I would be incredibly good at it.’
      • ‘In my experience most kids are incredibly good at selecting what kind of books they're ready for.’
      • ‘I was never particularly good at anything but I had a lot of drive and ambition.’
      • ‘The lads were really good with the children and the kids really loved it.’
      • ‘She wasn't so good at concentrating, a situation largely attributable to her dyslexia.’
      • ‘For a guy who has achieved so much at 26, he is incredibly good at dealing with the media and fans.’
      • ‘Teachers are usually quite good at spotting this kind of thing, as they spend every day with their class.’
      • ‘As people are spending more time at work he added that it is important we enjoy the work we do and build on the skills that we are good at.’
      • ‘It is good at matching people, by expertise but also by philosophy and personality.’
      • ‘He said it was possible these children would never be good at calculation.’
      • ‘It's always great to get a bargain, but I'm really not good at fighting for things in the sales.’
      • ‘But according to their coach, they are so good at sports that they do not need to train!’
      • ‘The best thing about my quiz is that it genuinely measures how good at magic you are.’
      • ‘Rev Palmer said she was extremely good at her job as a beauty therapist and was skilled as a masseur and in skin care.’
      • ‘I've gotten quite good at screaming abuse at the TV screen on the rare occasions he pops up.’
      • ‘Donald was also extraordinarily good with children and enjoyed their company.’
      • ‘I have made the elementary mistake of being demonstrably rather good at my job.’
      • ‘But like a pair of trusty brown brogues, it served its master well and was good at what it did.’
      capable, able, proficient, adept, adroit, accomplished, seasoned, skilful, skilled, gifted, talented, masterly, virtuoso, expert, knowledgeable, qualified, trained
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    2. 2.2 Healthy, strong, or well.
      ‘she's not feeling too good’
      • ‘He had treatment on cataracts and wore glasses for reading but had good eyesight.’
      • ‘It was so flat that if you had good eyesight you could look into the far distance and see the back of your own head.’
      • ‘For the sake of a couple of dollars' worth of eyedrops the whole village would have good eyesight.’
      • ‘I fall backward into good, strong hands and staring up into smiling, violet eyes.’
      • ‘Advice on good posture may be beneficial, particularly for people who work at a desk or with computers.’
      • ‘In good form on the PGA Tour this year, the American is in good shape for a strong finish on Sunday.’
      • ‘Most people find that sort of thing difficult, but those with good eyesight will succeed.’
      healthy, fine, sound, tip-top, hale, hale and hearty, hearty, lusty, fit, robust, sturdy, strong, vigorous
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    3. 2.3 Useful, advantageous, or beneficial in effect.
      ‘too much sun is not good for you’
      • ‘In the second half Windermere used their substitutes to good effect to produce two more goals.’
      • ‘If we claim that equality has value, we may only mean that it has good effects.’
      • ‘The deft script introduces a number of new characters economically and to good effect.’
      • ‘I've heard that if you simmer them in milk for quite a while the brew can have good effects.’
      • ‘It is a deliberately powerful metaphor, which Attenborough uses to good effect.’
      • ‘I can believe that there might be good effects were we to be less obsessed by qualifications.’
      • ‘They will only succeed out here by listening, then applying the skills taught to good effect.’
      • ‘It's good for my fitness, and hopefully it will stand me in good stead when I get back to the club.’
      • ‘This he did to good effect, even if his tendency to go to ground too easily was irritating.’
      • ‘He revised and tinkered with his early work repeatedly, not always to good effect.’
      • ‘The second period saw Brigg use the flanks to good effect and in the final quarter they ran away with the game.’
      • ‘Use that torque to good effect and it will amble along in the higher gears, barely sipping diesel.’
      • ‘The bowlers have certainly used their time in county cricket to good effect.’
      • ‘She was a really nice older lady who seemed to have a good effect on the twins.’
      • ‘I also never said that eating foods that are not good for our systems is a good thing.’
      • ‘A better tee shot from Tiger today as he uses an iron to good effect to get his third round under way.’
      • ‘We know what's good for everyone else, and even if it hurts, it's because it's doing them good.’
      • ‘We are very grateful for it and the fact it was on the front page had a good effect.’
      • ‘Federer returns to form, using the kick serve to good effect to take his first service game in three.’
      • ‘He has served the equivalent of a 14 month sentence and it has had a good effect upon him.’
      wholesome, health-giving, healthful, healthy, nourishing, nutritious, nutritional, strengthening, beneficial, salubrious, salutary
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    4. 2.4 Appropriate to a particular purpose.
      ‘this is a good month for planting seeds’
      • ‘It is a good month to look around gardens, because June is a time of abundance.’
      • ‘September is a good month to do some heavy digging, especially if you have clay soil.’
      • ‘You wouldn't go down quickly in a fight and you're a big man, so you'd make a good standard to rally to.’
      • ‘A good rule of thumb is to smoke food for three to four times the brining time.’
      • ‘History has shown that times of uncertainty have generally been good times to buy shares.’
      • ‘For daytime use take shorts, shirts and a good pair of deck shoes with white soles.’
      • ‘A good rule of thumb is that if you can lift the rock it is probably too small to be of value.’
      • ‘A good rule of thumb for predicting the Next Big Thing is the length of the queue trying to see them.’
      • ‘When walking in the mountains be sure to wear stout boots with a good grip.’
      • ‘It took us about six months to develop a good code that we all understood.’
      • ‘Google is a good example of how successful you can be if you take the time to do it right.’
      • ‘Here, he may not always reach the high notes, but he oozes a relaxed confidence, and with good reason.’
      • ‘A number of good internet sites contain news on current events as well as background articles.’
      • ‘There are good arguments for sharing her health data with the social care staff who look after her.’
      • ‘Employee of the month is a good example of how somebody can be both a winner and a loser at the same time.’
      • ‘Thanks, I do have good shoes, from Run and Become, and they do make a huge difference.’
      • ‘Buying foreign shares can be a good way to avoid paying stamp duty altogether.’
      • ‘This is a good survey of how a few breaking news stories were covered by the main services.’
      • ‘But anyone who knew the man and his management style had good reason to feel confident.’
      • ‘Language is a good reflection of culture, and a dictionary provides a snapshot of the language.’
      convenient, suitable, appropriate, fitting, fit, suited, agreeable
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    5. 2.5 (of language) with correct grammar and pronunciation.
      ‘she speaks good English’
      • ‘He spoke good French, as he had graduated from a French school.’
      • ‘A lot of you have been asking about my background and the reason why my English is good.’
      • ‘He leaned over the bar and spoke very, very slowly in perfectly good English with only a hint of an accent.’
      • ‘Alray, who speaks good English and has worked as a translator, started the conversation.’
      • ‘She spoke good Chinese and was really kind and helpful and managed to explain to the police at the Bus Terminal what had happened.’
      • ‘This would mean only people who write good English would be inclined to post.’
      • ‘Hosts also needed to understand that the children may not speak good English.’
      fine, of high quality, of a high standard, quality, superior
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    6. 2.6 Strictly adhering to or fulfilling all the principles of a particular religion or cause.
      ‘I am the eldest of five in a good Catholic family’
      • ‘The Theatines wanted to show the local poor population of Rome how good priests should perform.’
      • ‘As long as you follow the rules of the monastery then they will respect you as a good monk.’
      • ‘Merton, confused, answered, “I guess what I want is to be a good Catholic.”’
      • ‘Yet what is said to be good in one religion may not be good in another religion.’
      • ‘A good socialist would not have such aspirations.’
  • 3Possessing or displaying moral virtue.

    ‘her father was a good man’
    • ‘We would like to keep up the good work so please support the collections next weekend.’
    • ‘Most refer to her good work and tireless energy but do not even touch on the range or depth of her activities.’
    • ‘It would be great if it were used for a good purpose, like helping people with heart disease and the like.’
    • ‘This tells all young and old that a bad deed done in the name of a good cause is acceptable.’
    • ‘All the money raised from the show goes to charities and good causes - mostly in Orkney.’
    • ‘In the case of the conjoined twins we saw two good moral traditions at work.’
    • ‘Was this wild display of conspicuous donation prompted by the desire to help the good causes involved?’
    • ‘Sadly, in a lot of cases, parents are failing to bring up their children with good family and moral values.’
    • ‘It will be shared out among local good causes at the group's presentation day later this year.’
    • ‘He had, we must suppose, good moral reasons for seeking to pursue that course of action.’
    • ‘As well as helping a good cause buying this CD will give you hours of pleasure.’
    • ‘This area is full of mostly good, decent people, but people are scared about these shootings.’
    • ‘Shares of the proceeds of next year's Marriott Charity Ball await local good causes.’
    • ‘You know, the good guy has to wear a white hat and the bad guy has to twist his moustache.’
    • ‘The shops have now become a constant source of income, vital to the charity's continued good work.’
    • ‘Finally, everybody thinks that you are a good person by virtue of your job.’
    • ‘It is in the cupboard, and likely to stay there until the next good cause that requires a raffle prize donation.’
    • ‘He has lost his business, his reputation, his good character, his savings and his career.’
    • ‘Please continue to keep up the good work at the Wiltshire Times to highlight road safety issues.’
    • ‘Initially the Bulls had attached themselves to every single good cause in the city.’
    virtuous, righteous, moral, morally correct, ethical, upright, upstanding, high-minded, right-minded, right-thinking, principled, exemplary, clean, law-abiding, lawful, irreproachable, blameless, guiltless, unimpeachable, just, honest, honourable, unbribable, incorruptible, anti-corruption
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    1. 3.1 Showing kindness.
      ‘it was good of you to come’
      • ‘A kind neighbour with a good word for all, Mae was highly thought of by all who knew her.’
      • ‘They also said the company had done a lot of good charity work in the area.’
      • ‘The thing that pleases me most is that he is a good kid, willing to learn and not big-headed.’
      • ‘To the good wishes already expressed by millions of her other fans, let me add my own.’
      • ‘My ambition now is to live as long and as happily as I can, and to be good to my family and friends.’
      • ‘Evelyn was a grand neighbour and kind friend and her good deeds were many over the years.’
      • ‘Shouldn't we take advantage of these last hours to offer good deeds and obedience?’
      • ‘A good deed brings a pleasant result and a bad deed brings an unpleasant result.’
      • ‘Yet the Nevilles have been good to him, generous with their help and advice.’
      • ‘For all of you may this be a peaceful time of rest and family with every good wish for 2005.’
      • ‘Success, beauty, and power in this world are the result of good acts in a previous life.’
      • ‘They are always there for me and it is humbling to realise how good your real friends are to you.’
      • ‘She asked us to convey her good wishes to family and friends back home in Belmullet.’
      • ‘She was with her daughter Regina and she sends good wishes to family and friends back home.’
      • ‘Anna was able to return Ken's good deeds to her family by giving him the medal and badges.’
      • ‘Her kind nature was ever to the fore and she performed many good deeds in her own quiet manner.’
      kind, kindly, kind-hearted, good-hearted, friendly, obliging, generous, charitable, magnanimous, gracious, sympathetic, benevolent, benign, altruistic, unselfish, selfless
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    2. 3.2 Obedient to rules or conventions.
      ‘accustom the child to being rewarded for good behaviour’
      • ‘A Swindon school has found a new way to beat the truants and encourage good behaviour.’
      • ‘In return, she resolved that she would do her best to be a good, obedient wife.’
      • ‘They want to say my friend is a good mother and that her son has the rights most children don't have.’
      • ‘Perhaps if we could charge or reward for poor or good behaviour things would be easier.’
      • ‘Again the converse is true: if good behaviour is ignored or criticised it will not continue.’
      • ‘The programme will be designed to teach them about good behaviour and neighbourliness.’
      • ‘A Swindon primary school is needed to help research links between good behaviour and fish oils.’
      • ‘It is very important to make sure that good students are welcomed and well regarded.’
      • ‘Inspectors also praised the good behaviour of the pupils and their enthusiasm for learning.’
      • ‘Every morning it gets harder and harder for me to wake up and go to class like a good little girl.’
      • ‘We are trying to have a code in school where we maintain good order and discipline.’
      • ‘This section of the Code sets out basic rules of good practice that all clubs and individuals must observe.’
      • ‘Council solicitor John Emms has had to remind councillors of the importance of good behaviour.’
      • ‘The school will work with others to share expertise and develop good practice.’
      • ‘There is no charge and all the good boys and girls get a treat after the stories are read.’
      • ‘For its part, the tourist board shares examples of good practice with its commercial members.’
      • ‘I don't think it is wrong, or a waste of time, to point out the virtue of manners and good behaviour.’
      • ‘She's a good girl, but a little slow at times, and sometimes needs a guiding hand.’
      • ‘This sanction worked better in securing good behaviour than the threat of flogging.’
      • ‘The year five and six pupils were chosen on their good behaviour merits by teachers at the school.’
      well behaved, obedient, dutiful, well mannered, well brought up, polite, civil, courteous, respectful, deferential, manageable, compliant, acquiescent, tractable, malleable
      right, correct, proper, decorous, seemly
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    3. 3.3 Used to address or refer to people in a courteous, patronizing, or ironic way.
      ‘a man very like your good self, in fact’
      ‘the good lady of the house’
      • ‘Look out for my good self and other infamous bloggers talking out Christmas in Web User magazine.’
      • ‘The offending article and my good self were relegated to the sin bin for a very long time.’
      • ‘The good lady had not realised it was all part of a European Union ruling.’
      • ‘The good lady went on to say that deeply disappointed was too mild in fact she was bloody livid.’
      • ‘No, all the thanks which is due is from us to your good self, and that is on behalf of all three of us.’
      • ‘The good lady will be getting up any minute and she'll be sure to tell me what I said or did.’
      • ‘We would be absolutely delighted to receive written submissions from your good selves.’
      • ‘Can I say right at the outset that we have made the report available to your good self.’
      • ‘However, if this is true, then who could be better than your good self to emerge victorious from all of this?’
      • ‘However, the good lady would be able to take comfort in the great local food she would no doubt find on offer.’
      • ‘Paul Allaerts peeps on his silver whistle and signals my good self over to the kettle.’
      • ‘He doesn't look any worse for it, but we assure the good lady that we'll go easy on her man.’
      • ‘One day last week my good lady asked me to pick her up from the office at lunchtime, which I did.’
      • ‘We tackled one hundred and one topics this week that seemed to spark off interest with your good selves.’
      • ‘Eric, a thoroughly good chap from the other side of the pond, has directed a question at me.’
      • ‘Get dressed up, take your good lady out for a romantic meal and try to speak honestly about how you both feel.’
    4. 3.4 Commanding respect.
      ‘he was concerned with establishing and maintaining his good name’
      • ‘The business has a good name and the customers like it because we do all our framing upstairs on the premises.’
      • ‘The character suited me well so it created a lot of work and gave me a good name in the industry.’
      • ‘They wanted to protect their good name and give Phillips all the help they needed.’
      • ‘Kenneth had acquired a good reputation in the area, and was asked to take on the role, to which he agreed.’
      • ‘Being charged in this investigation has affected him greatly and his good name has been slurred.’
      • ‘It is just the kind of attention to detail that in the past has earned Regia its good name.’
      • ‘They will be defending their good names to the utmost, and if that means legal action then so be it.’
      • ‘I'd say that one major thing that has changed is that a man's living no longer depends on his good name.’
      • ‘You know how it takes a long, long time to build a good reputation and the flick of an eyelid to lose it?’
      • ‘Littlewoods has been around for some time and it has good credentials and a good brand name.’
      • ‘So it's for their benefit, as well as the good name of their town, that they buy a licence today.’
      • ‘One had to have a good name for conduct and the ability to work hard to join this team.’
      • ‘For a school that works so hard to keep up its good name to be let down by a few is really quite sad.’
      • ‘It was pretentious, and manipulative and was trying to give psychotics a good name.’
      • ‘The Lord Mayor of York may think that a refusal to sign damages the good name of the city.’
      • ‘Finally she was forced to pay damages to the women whose good names had been dragged through the mud.’
      • ‘Hopefully people will benefit a few years down the line if English managers get a good name.’
      virtuous, righteous, moral, morally correct, ethical, upright, upstanding, high-minded, right-minded, right-thinking, principled, exemplary, clean, law-abiding, lawful, irreproachable, blameless, guiltless, unimpeachable, just, honest, honourable, unbribable, incorruptible, anti-corruption
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    5. 3.5 Belonging or relating to a high social class.
      ‘he comes from a good family’
      • ‘He comes from a good family with caring parents and lives in a nice part of York.’
      virtuous, righteous, moral, morally correct, ethical, upright, upstanding, high-minded, right-minded, right-thinking, principled, exemplary, clean, law-abiding, lawful, irreproachable, blameless, guiltless, unimpeachable, just, honest, honourable, unbribable, incorruptible, anti-corruption
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  • 4Giving pleasure; enjoyable or satisfying.

    ‘the streets fill up with people looking for a good time’
    • ‘Freddie McLeod is back, and he brings with him a reputation for being a decent man and good company.’
    • ‘The research indicates that men are most drawn to your desire to live the good life.’
    • ‘I have long held that sleeping and lying abed are the principal foundations for the good life.’
    • ‘After nine months of living the good life at home in Split, that would simply be too great a mountain to climb.’
    • ‘Men, women and children will enjoy all the good things that come from the beautiful game.’
    • ‘They are also likely to have a small, close set of friends with whom they share good times.’
    • ‘Good results on the football field are required also, but good vibes are the first essential.’
    • ‘I had a good Christmas with my friends and then it was back to training again.’
    • ‘When she left the company we were all very pleased, and it became a good place to work again.’
    • ‘It may be inanimate and made from pine, but it has shared so many good times with me.’
    • ‘I tried to watch it once after having many friends tell me how good it was.’
    • ‘It was good to get a proper run out and this was my first full game so that counts as my true debut.’
    • ‘Dogs help us over the rough spots in life, just as they are always there to share in the good times.’
    • ‘It is a powerful antidote to despair in bad times and an enhancer of pleasure in good times.’
    • ‘Everyone is welcome to attend and a night of fun and good entertainment is guaranteed.’
    • ‘We've been stuck in rehearsals for six months so it's good to get out and do it live again.’
    • ‘I expect a good welcome back because I was always on friendly terms with the fans.’
    • ‘Along the way we see some occasional impulse in him to live a good life, a fulfilling life.’
    • ‘So, a good end to a good week and an enjoyable first three days in a brand new job.’
    • ‘The magic acts proved a good entertainment for the children who came to the festival.’
    enjoyable, pleasant, agreeable, pleasing, pleasurable, delightful, great, nice, lovely, amusing, diverting, jolly, merry, lively, festive, cheerful, convivial, congenial, sociable
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    1. 4.1 Pleasant to look at; attractive.
      ‘you're looking pretty good’
      • ‘As a young man his good looks attracted the starlets and the bright lights of Hollywood.’
      • ‘The knack to making these jackets look good is to ignore the way they were worn on the catwalk.’
      • ‘I always thought that he wasn't buying all those expensive suits just to look good in the mirror.’
      • ‘He's blessed with rugged good looks, a successful career on television and he can cook too.’
      • ‘Creating the right emotional sensation is about more than having nice teeth and a good hair cut.’
      • ‘However, this band are clearly driven by something other than a desire to look good on the fashion pages.’
      • ‘Inevitably, with an actor of his dark good looks, there is a love story at the heart of the film.’
      • ‘Her good looks are shared by her family, as descriptions and numerous photos bear testimony.’
      • ‘And yeah, it does look quite good, but I have no idea whether we've assembled it safely.’
      • ‘Mardar is a motorcycle courier, popular with the girls for his brooding good looks.’
      • ‘In every species, it is the male that dresses up and looks good to attract the females.’
      • ‘That she was petrified his extremely good looks would bowl over too many other, better girls.’
      • ‘And, especially to the ghoulish, he does look surprisingly good.’
      • ‘Achieving a good result has much to do with emphasising a person's good features.’
      • ‘In my view, there are a few rules to looking good - not that I always follow them, of course.’
    2. 4.2 (of clothes) smart and suitable for formal wear.
      ‘he went upstairs to change out of his good suit’
      • ‘The only things apart from books that I readily spend money on are good clothes and travel.’
      • ‘So I chucked most of them out, saving a few good shoes to give to someone with a smaller kid.’
      • ‘He packed his shirt, good trousers and bow tie in his satchel and as he did so, he whistled White Christmas.’
      • ‘Susan Deacon is wearing her good suit, which is purple. but it's not for my benefit.’
      • ‘He brushed the dirt off his coat cursing the whole evening, mainly for the damage it had done to his good coat.’
      best, finest, newest, nice, nicest, smart, smartest, special, party, sunday, formal
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  • 5attributive Thorough.

    ‘now is the time to have a really good clear-up’
    ‘have a good look around’
    • ‘He invited many a look of surprise on days when he parked the plane on the front lawn so he could give the garage a good spring clean.’
    • ‘Then he gave himself a good shake, and set to the task of a good clean and groom.’
    • ‘Draw back the curtains and drapes and give all those windows a good clean both inside and out.’
    • ‘Users of the men's toilet said it was smelly and needed a new floor and a good steam clean.’
    • ‘If conditions are dry enough, lawns will benefit from a good raking to remove thatch and moss.’
    • ‘Again, reach for the hose and give them a good soaking followed by a generous layer of mulch.’
    • ‘Forty one per cent of people admit to being surface cleaners, never doing a good old clean.’
    • ‘It was way too long for its own good and could have used some good cutting.’
    • ‘It's an opportunity for people to give themselves a good spring clean and try something new!’
    • ‘Besides, the girl needed to have a good cry, a thorough, good, hard and long cry.’
    • ‘He agreed that some of the trains look shabby even after a good clean because many of them are about forty years old.’
    1. 5.1 Used to emphasize that a number is at least as great as one claims.
      ‘they're a good twenty years younger’
      • ‘I listened, and could hear him walk a good twenty paces down a concrete corridor.’
      • ‘I have cooked and presided over a good many family meals myself since those days.’
      • ‘Plus they have plenty of time to revolt as the plans are a good 18 months off being implemented.’
      • ‘The Beast had been busy arguing that it needed a good six months more to mount a proper, lingering defence.’
      • ‘I had to spend a good hour or so cleaning out the new contacts, but it was a start.’
      • ‘James Goodwin was at least a good three inches shorter AND was half his size when it came to body weight.’
      • ‘I checked my watch as subtly as I could and decided there was a good twenty minutes to go.’
      • ‘A good twenty or so Patriots remained standing and, for the most part, uninjured.’
      • ‘I joined the queue about 15 cars behind him, so it took a good twenty minutes to get past.’
      • ‘So, this scientist then spent a good few months examining the genetics of these lambs.’
      • ‘I spent a good hour doing a thorough search of my flat, but there was no sign of the damn thing.’
      • ‘This apparently simple problem has taken me a good four months to resolve since you first contacted me in May.’
      • ‘However, used-car buyers should rejoice in the fact that they at least tried for a good few years.’
      • ‘It lasted for a good ten seconds and sounded like a motorbike going down the road outside.’
      • ‘Quarry, meanwhile, has had a good few months to ponder his decision to make this his final season.’
      • ‘As he had a good four inches and twenty pounds on both of us, we didn't really have a choice about following.’
      • ‘I think the accusations against him on this kind of thing go back a good ten years at least.’
      • ‘He let me move in with him and his wife, and he and I spent a good eight months working on my demo.’
      • ‘The confit keeps for a good two months in the fridge, and the syrup can then be used in fruit salads.’
      • ‘The tide was in, and the breakers were a good twenty to thirty feet high when they hit the harbour wall.’
      whole, full, entire, complete, solid, not less than, at least
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    2. 5.2 Used to emphasize a following adjective or adverb.
      ‘we had a good long hug’
      ‘it'll be good and dark by then’
      • ‘This is fed by conventions used in a good many American mainstream films in particular.’
      • ‘We are seeing good solid achievements and more than we could have hoped for two years ago.’
      • ‘A good sharp sound effect can heighten a surprise and make you jump out of your seat.’
      • ‘I think punk is the only music that really has a good, solid base under the mainstream.’
      • ‘It will give a good clean outline to the pencil, and help to hold the lip colour in place.’
      • ‘The referee had very little to do as both teams played a good clean game.’
      • ‘Their chances of survival will be greater if they get a good nutritious meal at least once a day.’
      • ‘First, a piece of paper landed on my desk extolling the virtues of good old-fashioned baking.’
      • ‘Dance in and out, start with a good strong jab and then follow with the power right.’
      • ‘He is a good solid player, a big lad who is quick and understands the game.’
      • ‘I walk to the diner car and get one when I'm good and ready for it.’
      • ‘He was good and drunk by midnight, stumbling around the house, talking and laughing with everyone.’
      • ‘Heat the olive oil and gently cook the onions in a good solid saucepan for five minutes.’
      • ‘There was a also good lively discussion in relation to the enrolment of new members.’
      • ‘Not good solid rain at all, just the insidious kind that leaches the warmth out of your bones and drags you down.’
      • ‘The graphics are good and clean, but they are not stunning by any means.’
      • ‘David then had a good clean run on the fourth stage and came out of the stage with a ten second lead in the rally.’
      • ‘So for the rest of the lap I was a bit cautious and concentrated on a good clean lap and getting on the front row.’
      • ‘She chose an old white dress she hadn't worn in a good many years, so no one would recognize it.’
      • ‘We have a good solid formation and it's going to be hard for them to break our defence down.’
    3. 5.3 Fairly large in number, amount, or size.
      ‘the match attracted a good crowd’
      ‘there's a good chance that we may be able to help’
      • ‘The rooms in The Moorings are generous and bright, while the back garden is a good size.’
      • ‘Make sure it is pressed well into the sides and leave a good amount hanging over the top edge.’
      • ‘The fields were a good size, with plenty of familiar names both riding and training.’
      • ‘The goal spurred the home side on, and cheered by a good sized crowd they looked the more likely to score.’
      • ‘There was a good size patch in the back right hand corner for a vegetable garden.’
      • ‘The rooms are all of a good size, sensibly laid out and have first class furniture.’
      • ‘A club can get a fairly good audience even if it's featuring music in a very limited genre range.’
      • ‘Enough for at least two people, all the chips were of a good size, without being wedge-like.’
      • ‘The owners had put an extension on the back, so the dining room and kitchen were good sizes.’
      • ‘He poured clumsily, spilling a good amount of claret as the carriage bumped along.’
      • ‘The irony is that I am willing to stand up and say that and take a good amount of criticism for it.’
      • ‘This weekend is shaping as a very good game and it should be played in front of a good size crowd.’
      • ‘The crowd that assembled at it had a great time and raised a good amount for the Sudan Appeal.’
      • ‘This is a very rewarding job but one that does demand a good amount of your free time.’
      • ‘There were four of them, all a good size, and you could see how they would easily suffice two people sharing.’
      • ‘God, that boy owes me big time, since I probably had a good amount of homework to do in other subjects.’
      • ‘Most jobs that will earn you a good amount of money involve a fair bit of training.’
      • ‘I do pay the authority a good amount per year in services and other charges.’
      • ‘The curried prawns were of a good size, but were done in Thai style with the shells left on.’
      • ‘It was a good size with a thin crust and was, as you would expect from an Italian restaurant, freshly baked.’
      considerable, sizeable, substantial, appreciable, significant
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  • 6usually good forValid.

    ‘the ticket is good for travel from May to September’
    • ‘Your ticket is good for travel on all trams, trains or buses.’
    • ‘This single ride ticket is good for travel on August 10th only.’
    valid, genuine, authentic, legitimate, sound, bona fide
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    1. 6.1 Likely to provide.
      ‘she's always good for a laugh’
      • ‘They always seemed good for a laugh and one couldn't help feel quite protective of them.’
      • ‘There are these incidents of air-rage, which the papers seem to think are good for a laugh.’
      • ‘She was good for a laugh but all the lads knew that she was devoted to Tom and the kids, so it was all just for fun.’
    2. 6.2 Sufficient to pay for.
      ‘his money was good for a bottle of whisky’
  • 7Used in conjunction with the name of God or a related expression as an exclamation of extreme surprise or anger.

    ‘good heavens!’
    • ‘Good Lord, the battery is dead.’


  • 1mass noun That which is morally right; righteousness.

    ‘a mysterious balance of good and evil’
    • ‘You may think he's a bit of a prat, but at least he's an honest prat who thinks he can do some good.’
    • ‘Total good should outweigh total evil, it should be a last resort and must have the final aim of peace.’
    • ‘In the old days, we used to prefer the wider good over personal convenience.’
    • ‘Thus the problem of evil is said to be solved by showing that evil actually conduces to greater good.’
    • ‘The only limitation on the host state is that its controls be in the interest of the general good.’
    • ‘That greater good can best be measured in terms of economic indicators and territorial extent.’
    • ‘However, we can all help to maintain the status quo of good versus evil in the world.’
    • ‘None of us would ever wish the evil that has been done to our country, yet we have learned that out of evil can come great good.’
    • ‘She knew from his birth he had within him the power of great good, or of great evil.’
    • ‘Has the world's common good been served?’
    • ‘I vote for the person who can promote the common good of our society.’
    • ‘A world in which this is possible can only be a world in which there is much evil as well as great good.’
    • ‘It is also in the spirit of mankind to seek the good from the evil and vice-versa.’
    • ‘It was also a society with much evil alongside much good, and Melanie gives us the evil in full measure.’
    • ‘Evil and good are two sides of the same coin, just as death and life, sorrow and joy.’
    • ‘The clean contrasts of the Manichean universe are what we respond to: good versus evil.’
    • ‘Some good may come of evil if the international criminal court comes into being sooner.’
    virtue, righteousness, virtuousness, goodness, morality, ethicalness, uprightness, upstandingness, integrity, principle, dignity, rectitude, rightness
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  • 2mass noun Benefit or advantage to someone or something.

    ‘he convinces his father to use his genius for the good of mankind’
    ‘the preservation of old buildings matters because they contribute to the general public good’
    ‘he is too clever for his own good’
    • ‘He believed that one should not profit from something important for the good of mankind.’
    • ‘It doesn't appear that the mass membership suggested by your article is doing the service much good.’
    • ‘We can do much better, and for the good of the service we certainly ought to.’
    • ‘It is fiscal nonsense not to reap the benefits for the good of their own members.’
    • ‘The benefits of watching wild animals outweigh any good that might come from killing them.’
    • ‘I assure you that the decision I made was for the good of mankind.’
    • ‘It was seen to put the good of the sport above personal advantage and did so quickly.’
    • ‘In your mind's eye, visualize a person you love, one who has done good for you, or for whom you have done good.’
    benefit, advantage, profit, gain, interest, welfare, well-being, enjoyment, satisfaction, comfort, ease, convenience
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  • 3goodsMerchandise or possessions.

    ‘imports of luxury goods’
    ‘stolen goods’
    in singular ‘the market price of an agricultural good’
    • ‘This is the crowd that is picking up branded goods at malls as well as personal gadgets.’
    • ‘Above all, farmers have to achieve a fair price from the market for the top quality goods they produce.’
    • ‘In other words a day's wages will be the amount of money sufficient to produce these goods.’
    • ‘The Whites pleaded guilty to five specimen charges of possessing goods with a false trademark for sale or hire.’
    • ‘There have also been reports of people stocking up on tinned goods and dry food like pasta.’
    • ‘It is sheer waste to steal from some to give to others to produce goods and services at high cost.’
    • ‘It contended that the advertising ban had a greater effect on imported goods than on those produced in Sweden.’
    • ‘Also, check your prices when you claim to offer own brand goods at prices that are lower than branded items.’
    • ‘It starts from the very moment when the defendants took possession of the goods.’
    • ‘This is coupled with a desire for the consumption of locally produced goods and services.’
    • ‘The country is importing far more goods and services than it is exporting.’
    • ‘It is this class that innovates and finds cheaper ways to produce goods and services.’
    • ‘It means lifting the capacity to export, and to produce goods and services of a higher value.’
    • ‘The company now renamed Preston-Duckworth is aiming to stock luxury branded goods.’
    • ‘Each colony faced the sea, so that the import and export of goods went through its own ports.’
    • ‘It can also provide names of companies which produce goods made by child labour.’
    • ‘The country has never really exported enough goods to pay the import bills.’
    • ‘Instead he is appealing to the better nature of those responsible or anyone who has the goods in their possession now.’
    • ‘As well as garments, frozen foods and leather goods are major Bangladeshi export items.’
    • ‘Its shipyards and engineering plants exported their goods across the British Empire.’
    merchandise, wares, stock, commodities, line, lot, produce, products, articles, solutions
    property, possessions, personal possessions, personal effects, effects, worldly goods, chattels, goods and chattels, valuables, accoutrements, appurtenances, paraphernalia, trappings
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    1. 3.1British Things to be transported, as distinct from passengers.
      ‘a means of transporting passengers as well as goods’
      as modifier ‘a goods train’
      • ‘The canal's importance in transporting goods declined with the introduction of the railways.’
      • ‘He promptly strolled over to the depot and hitched a ride home on the goods train.’
      • ‘The central problem in the early nineteenth century was how bulk goods could be transported.’
      • ‘Trains can transport people and goods faster, more safely and more efficiently than roads.’
      • ‘There are many small vans delivering goods locally which are in the traffic all day.’
      • ‘Lyneham aircraft transported all kinds of goods and materials to the city.’
      • ‘Large goods and passenger vehicles use compressed air to assist with their braking.’
      • ‘The primary users of the line were farmers anxious to transport their goods.’
      • ‘Subsequently the Railways were able to transport more goods as against its target.’
      • ‘Scottish exporters will now have to arrange for their goods to be transported by road to Stansted.’
      • ‘That could extend to closer inspection of the international transport of goods.’
      • ‘They were also used for transporting goods in harbour or for short trips within bays and estuaries.’
      • ‘The elevator alone is not within it because it is not used for the carriage of passengers or goods.’
      • ‘A goods train had stopped on the main track to draw water and was blocking the track.’
      • ‘These allow stall holders to take orders by email from customers and to deliver goods to them.’
      • ‘We are all familiar with the huge trucks which haul goods all over the country.’
      • ‘She worked as a transport driver bringing goods to Evans Head from across the region.’
      • ‘Because of our geographical position, it costs more to transport goods to us.’
      • ‘The project, to design a fleet of super freight airships to deliver goods around the world, is now history.’
      • ‘She succeeded in escaping to the railway station where she hid in a goods train which took her to another province.’
      freight, cargo
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    2. 3.2the goodsinformal The genuine article.
      • ‘If he does not produce the goods at Silverstone, Sunday will prove his last run around the old airfield.’
      • ‘And after so many near misses, now would be a good time to produce the goods in a major championship.’
      • ‘He had managed to steal it and was under contract to produce the goods.’
      • ‘It was the spur Kerry were looking for as they produced the goods to soar past Cork.’


  • Well.

    ‘my mother could never cook this good’
    ‘I'm feeling pretty good, all things considered’
    • ‘This technique does seem to work pretty good for me, a little too good sometimes, I think.’
    • ‘Now you know I can't sleep very good in a big bed like that.’
    • ‘Whatever the hell they do with their instruments, it seems to work pretty damn good.’


  • all to the good

    • To be welcomed without qualification.

      • ‘This sort of process is going on throughout the country, and is all to the good.’
      • ‘This is all to the good and, frankly, given our values, one would expect it.’
      • ‘That we have to support, and if the administration moves in that direction or is prodded to move in that direction that is all to the good because there is no alternative.’
  • as good as —

    • 1Very nearly —

      ‘the editor as good as told him he was lucky to get £50 a week’
      • ‘He was as good as dead and she couldn't do anything.’
      • ‘One was now dead and the other was as good as dead.’
      • ‘Charlie is as good as dead, and yet they manage to bring him round.’
      • ‘His career was as good as dead, but he was about to retire anyway.’
      • ‘Enjoy these ugly websites as long as they're online - they are as good as dead.’
      • ‘It looked as good as dead but at the very tip they were these unmistakable shoots of green leaves.’
      • ‘When the ambulance came for him he was as good as dead.’
      • ‘He knows his party is dying - or is as good as dead.’
      1. 1.1Used of a result which will inevitably follow.
        ‘if we pass on the information, he's as good as dead’
        • ‘If Kerry had lost the first debate and drawn the second, his candidacy would probably be as good as dead.’
        • ‘The smaller orc lashed out at me, and soon we were locked in a sword battle, I wasn't very good with a sword, and a lot weaker than an orc so I had to keep moving or I was as good as dead.’
        • ‘If they take the palace we're all as good as dead.’
        • ‘If it spread to the woods, they were as good as dead.’
        • ‘He added his second in the 76th minutes and when Kevin Williamson added the third a minute later the game was as good as dead.’
        • ‘He'd be as good as dead anyway if infection did set in.’
        • ‘After a lull of about two months, the two sides resumed fighting, and the escalation of tension has reached the point where the December agreement is as good as dead.’
        • ‘If he doesn't like our show, we're all as good as dead.’
        • ‘Yates was faced with the first of two terrible decisions: should he abandon his friend - whom they both knew was as good as dead - or try to get him down the mountain?’
        • ‘If you go after the golem with that blasted magic sword of yours, you're as good as dead!’
  • 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. 1.1Be 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.’
  • be good to go

    • informal Be ready or prepared for something.

      ‘slip on a bright pair of pumps and you're good to go’
      • ‘At last, we were good to go - our market research review was completed and our interviews were lined up and scheduled.’
      • ‘Just turn on your radio, tune it to 87 .9 and you are good to go.’
      • ‘Just give me a couple of more minutes and I'll be good to go.’
      • ‘It is not the easiest install around, as your initial contact will require loading an index; but once that's done, you're good to go.’
      • ‘Console games can't get patches, they need to be good to go right out of the box.’
      • ‘The songs were good to go.’
      • ‘Add adjustable lighting and beautiful windows looking out over a forest of peaceful trees, and I am good to go.’
      • ‘It greeted me with the usual initialization screen that calibrates the touch-screen, and it was good to go.’
      • ‘When everything is resolved there, we'll be good to go, and then customers will know exactly where everything is.’
      • ‘Rub a little dab on your hands and lightly work it into your hair and you're good to go.’
      • ‘If you do opt for multichannel sound, you need to add a 5.1 speaker set and you're good to go.’
  • be so good as (or be good enough) to do something

    • Used to make a polite request.

      ‘would you be so good as to answer me’
      • ‘‘Thank you,’ she nodded towards him, ‘If you will be so good as to follow me, I shall get your payment.’’
      • ‘I therefore asked the man if he'd be so good as to move the money.’
      • ‘Would you be so good as to remind your readers that this country still claims to be a democracy.’
      • ‘I assume that you do not have any major problems with this suggestion, although perhaps you would be so good as to confirm.’
      • ‘Perhaps you would be so good as to publish the link as a further comment to the topic.’
      • ‘Now, I have a great deal of correspondence to deal with, so please be so good as to leave me in peace.’
      • ‘Now, will you all be so good as to take your seats in the committee room.’
      • ‘Please don't consider me impolite when I ask you, as gracefully as I can under the circumstances, if you would be so good as to sling your hook.’
      • ‘This is our stop, so if you'd be so good as to leave, Captain, I need to get my luggage together.’
      • ‘Now if you would be so good as to show me the prisoner in question?’
  • be — to the good

    • Have a specified net profit or advantage.

      ‘I came out £7 to the good’
      • ‘The visitors were a goal to the good before the interval but Acomb almost equalised when the ball appeared to cross the Metros line after great work by Wendy Watson.’
      • ‘Refuse To Bend saw out the 10-furlong trip in great style and was a head to the good at the line.’
      • ‘In fact, Kendal could have been several goals to the good by half-time but only took the lead when Russ Miller struck the ball sweetly across the area and into the far corner of the goal.’
      • ‘Indeed the Scots should have been a try to the good after three minutes.’
      • ‘Armagh was a point to the good when John McEntee replaced Ronan Clarke.’
      • ‘The visitors to St Martins Park were quicker out of the starting blocks and they were a goal to the good inside the opening minute of the game.’
      • ‘The local side dominated the game from the start and were a goal to the good after 15 minutes with a well placed shot from Dale Warburton (St. Joseph's).’
      • ‘Once they were a man to the good Dundee made it count almost immediately driving over from a close range lineout, McLaren was back to ensure the throw went to the right man, with prop forward Neil Dymock the last man up.’
      • ‘Within the space of five minutes from being a single point to the good Laois were suddenly ten points ahead and on their way to victory.’
      • ‘Playing into the strong breeze, they were a goal to the good in twenty three seconds, Billy Harty rattling the net from close range.’
  • come up with (or deliver) the goods

    • informal Do what is expected or required of one.

      • ‘At 80, Kelly can still come up with the goods and this is our chance to see some truly inspirational works up close as well as remind ourselves that the most creative years of our lives may be still to come.’
      • ‘But, despite the baggage of their mid-Nineties image, on record they have always come up with the goods, finding new ways to experiment with their sound, while bashing out enough quirky pop singles to keep them in business.’
      • ‘All they care about is that teachers in the local primary schools appear to be coming up with the goods so they can hold their heads up in the junior league tables.’
      • ‘Basically, the agency I'm going through is fantastic, the woman case managing me is really coming up with the goods, and I'm going for loads of interviews for jobs that I actually want to do.’
      • ‘I'm a Rangers fan, and the footballer I always expected to come up with the goods in big situations was Ally McCoist.’
      • ‘All he really needs to do now is start coming up with the goods and even his sternest critics could be silenced.’
      • ‘But just when you least expect it the players come up with the goods, which shows there is still a great spirit in the camp.’
      • ‘They had given him a month to come up with the goods.’
      • ‘But that should not take away from the fact that this is another thoughtful and thought-provoking piece of work from a British artist who consistently comes up with the goods.’
      • ‘They started the season with great expectations, as we all did, but we've not fulfilled them and not come up with the goods.’
  • do good

    • 1Act virtuously, especially by helping others.

      • ‘They both ask people to be virtuous, and they both do good to their followers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He said: ‘I'm really pleased because it's nice to get recognition for doing good in the community.’’
      • ‘At 57, folks often care more about doing good than looking good.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Purity of heart comes with doing good to others.’
      • ‘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.’’
    • 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.’
  • do someone good

    • Be beneficial to someone, especially to their health.

      ‘the walk will do you good’
      • ‘He said in most investors' minds, a little inflation does you good.’
      • ‘A bit of sunshine does you good; too much may cause skin cancer.’
      • ‘More good news - not only is it delicious and relaxing but, in moderation, wine positively does you good.’
      • ‘A walk would also do you good, preferably somewhere like a beach or a big park.’
      • ‘Usually I can't wait to get home, but every so often it does you good to walk out through the streets you'd never normally use, and see what you're missing.’
      • ‘We are always having a laugh with the children, which does me good too.’
      • ‘I thought the walk would do me good, but I forgot about the time entirely.’
      • ‘We are quite formal - members rise when the president and speaker enter, we say grace and give a vote of thanks - but I think a bit of formality does you good.’
      • ‘A little of what you fancy does you good, so the old lady in the chip shop told me.’
      • ‘It does you good to realise that there is always somebody more gloomy than you are.’
      benefit, be beneficial to, be of benefit to, be advantageous to, be of advantage to, be of use to, be of value to, do someone good, help, be helpful to, be of service to, serve, assist, aid, stand someone in good stead, further the interests of, advance, promote
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  • for good (and all)

    • Forever; definitively.

      ‘the experience almost frightened me away for good’
      • ‘Seems he's about to prove himself for good and all.’
      • ‘It is said that by the end of that period some quarter of a million had left the country, the majority for good.’
      • ‘Evans casts doubt on some of the experiences he deals with and asks the right questions: why, for instance, does a ghost ‘never leave any souvenir or trace which would settle the matter of their reality status for good and all?’’
      • ‘They wrecked the cause of the occupation for good and all.’
      • ‘Fortunately groups of enthusiasts refused to let their local lines die for good.’
      • ‘Along the way, we've produced ‘new age’ books, and even a thriller - attempts to broaden our commercial base on the assumption that this would help our poetry list; but I've learned for good and all that this is false reasoning.’
      • ‘We have to make up our minds, once and for all, that we want rid of this system, for good and all.’
      • ‘How many years ago was it that we were first told that the weather was changing for good?’
      • ‘We begin with the two hobbits Frodo and Sam journeying towards Mordor to dispose of the Ring for good and all.’
      • ‘It seemed that if he did not practise his skill even for a one day, it would vanish for good.’
      forever, permanently, for always, for good and all, perpetually, eternally, evermore, for evermore, for ever and ever, for all time, for all future time, to the end of time, until the end of time, world without end, endlessly, timelessly, for eternity, in perpetuity, everlastingly, enduringly, never to return
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  • for (or in) a good cause

    • In order to benefit a worthy charity or goal.

      ‘it was all to raise money for a good cause’
      • ‘It was a hot day to say the least, but all for a good cause!’
      • ‘A pub which was devastated by fire has reopened and plans are being made to hold charity events to raise money for a good cause.’
      • ‘Students hurled more than 1,400 chocolate custard pies and it was all for a good cause.’
      • ‘The result is the super little recipe book which retails at a mere £4 and is all in a good cause.’
      • ‘I would encourage people to dig deep for a good cause.’
  • get (or have) the goods on

    • informal Obtain (or possess) information about (someone) which may be used to their detriment.

      • ‘This time, you've got the goods on somebody in the office, and you've just shared the wealth with the click of a mouse.’
      • ‘But the Feds didn't have the goods on James, so the charges were dropped.’
      • ‘‘She was trying to help me get the goods on him without saying anything directly,’ I concluded.’
      • ‘They would see his attempt to participate as a trick: he was trying to get the goods on them so as to blow the whistle.’
      • ‘We thought that they would have the goods on him.’
      • ‘He's got the goods on how we all use our computers to goof off and waste time on the job.’
      • ‘It seems a well-connected L.A. mob figure has targeted her son's business for takeover, but the cops can't seem to get the goods on him.’
      • ‘Even if the mainstream media had the goods on them to report, it probably wouldn't, on the grounds that a politician's private life is off limits.’
      • ‘Brass's assigned to pose as a con so he can get the goods on what's happening inside the prison.’
      • ‘You'd think that if he had had the goods on some underhanded publisher, editor, or broadcast executive, he would have used this last opportunity to finger the guilty.’
  • (as) good as gold

    • (of a child) extremely well behaved.

      • ‘Toddler Nightmares is proving a big success for the Lawrences as their children went to sleep as good as gold for the first time.’
      • ‘Ever since I've been here he has been as good as gold to me.’
      • ‘But when I got downstairs, there he is, sitting as good as gold on the sofa where I last left him.’
      • ‘When it comes to cars and driving at least, this Humvee owner is good as gold.’
      • ‘We signed him without hesitation and he's been as good as gold.’
      • ‘In the end he came quietly and was as good as gold.’
      • ‘I was surprised because I thought it would be a shock to him but he was as good as gold.’
      • ‘And she was as good as gold during the baptism ceremony.’
      • ‘When we got him back to the surgery he came around and was good as gold.’
      • ‘He works his socks off, times his runs well and is as good as gold.’
  • (as) good as new

    • In a very good condition or state; close to the original state again after damage, injury, or illness.

      • ‘Beyond a few bumps and bruises, you should be good as new after a few days of rest.’
      • ‘He could sleep on the couch, by morning he'll be good as new.’
      • ‘A few days rest in there and she'll be good as new!’
      • ‘You should be good as new in about three weeks.’
      • ‘We're just glad the fireman got him out and he seems good as new now.’
      • ‘I'm sorry I ruined your hair, but it will be good as new in no time, you'll see.’
      • ‘Anyway, I called the school, told them you had the twenty-four hour flu and would be in tomorrow good as new.’
      • ‘I reckon I'll be as good as new the day after tomorrow.’
      • ‘Stalls will include good as new clothes, bric-a-brac, curtains, toys, etc.’
      • ‘Last but not least, you can always drop off your clothes at the dry cleaner, and they'll be good as new the following day.’
      perfect, without blemish, unblemished, unmarked, unimpaired
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  • the Good Book

    • The Bible.

      • ‘Like the Good Book says, ‘Seek, and ye shall find’ - Matthew 7:7.’
      • ‘But there's a lot more here, and the main theme, one of forgiveness, is as potent a moral as you'll find in the Good Book.’
      • ‘I try to do what the Good Book says and ‘turn the other cheek,’ but I'm not sure how much more I can take.’
      • ‘Some offer summaries of the various biblical books and include essays or devotionals written by a variety of black authors on how to apply the Good Book's principles to the problems of modern life.’
      • ‘However, I won't pretend to be a scholar of the Good Book - I don't read the Bible half as much as I should.’
      • ‘You see, since so many other sources of inspiration turned into blind alleys, I consulted that fount of ancient wisdom, the most-quoted tome of all time, the Good Book itself.’
      • ‘The Good Book finds new niches: specialty editions of the bible for African Americans and youth are reaping rewards for publishers.’
      • ‘This week marks the 400th anniversary of the commissioning of the King James Bible, the first authorised version of the Good Book to be rendered in plain English.’
      • ‘It still hurt when he smiled but he did anyway - it seemed so absurd that James of all people would be reading the Good Book.’
      • ‘On the other hand, various religious groups have used the Good Book and their own commentaries and other writings to foster alternative views of truth.’
  • good for (or on) you (or him, her, etc.)!

    • Used as an exclamation of praise or approval.

      ‘‘I'm having driving lessons and taking my test next month.’ ‘Good for you!’’
      • ‘Jeremy turned back around and said, ‘Oh, I see you got up all by yourself, and didn't need your mommy, good for you!’’
      • ‘‘Well,’ Margaret then said, tossing the letter aside, ‘good for him!’’
      • ‘If your brother wants to kill Mortals, good for him!’
      • ‘She told me that she has been dating her boyfriend for three months now, to which I gave her an enthusiastic ‘wow, good for you!’’
      • ‘If you are with me to see where I catch my fish, well hey, good on you!’
      • ‘If you tend to pay your credit card bill off in full each month (good for you!) you may already have one of these - a cashback credit card.’
  • the Good Shepherd

    • Jesus.

      • ‘Those who hear in his admonitions the voice of the Good Shepherd will accept rebuke with joyful gratitude.’
      • ‘Through his meditation, John came to see Jesus as the Bread of Life, the Good Shepherd, and the Light of the World - all of the messages that made their way into the gospel that bears his name.’
      • ‘It is for people who commit themselves to following the lead that Jesus, the Good Shepherd, gives.’
      • ‘This typical Roman bucolic subject was, of course, adapted by early Christian artists to portray Christ the Good Shepherd.’
      • ‘This is a heart-warming and informative little book - it throbs with the author's love of the Good Shepherd, and is richly illuminated by the author's own knowledge of sheep.’
      • ‘And this way he became one with Christ, the Good Shepherd who loves his sheep.’
      • ‘Let us allow the Good Shepherd to care for us and through us to bring God's love to others in the world.’
      • ‘The text that was assigned to me at the enthronement in the evening was this very text about the Good Shepherd, and it was wonderful.’
      • ‘In these cases, he urged the superiors to follow the example of Jesus the Good Shepherd, who left ninety-nine of his flock on the mountains to go in search of the one sheep that had strayed.’
      • ‘There is something to be said for being gathered rather than founded; and to be gathered together by the Good Shepherd, who knows us by name, and who protects us as the shepherd and guardian of our souls, is a cause for thanksgiving.’
  • a good word

    • Words in recommendation or defence of a person.

      ‘I hoped you might put in a good word for me with your friends’
      • ‘No one I speak to has a good word to say about the council.’
      • ‘These guys were definitely ready to put in a good word for me at the auto parts distributors warehouse where they worked.’
      • ‘When I did the research, nobody had a good word to say about him.’
      • ‘Nobody had a good word to say about their departed leader.’
      • ‘The document does, however, pause to put in a good word for lower tax rates.’
      • ‘As a politician, his one mistake was, as I recall, telephoning a member of the judiciary and putting in a good word for a constituent.’
      • ‘He had a good word for everyone and loved meeting up with old friends.’
      • ‘I deeply, deeply believe in the enormous significance of their work and put in a good word for them wherever I can.’
      • ‘It never seems anybody ever has a good word for him.’
      • ‘Not one of them was prepared to say a good word about the film, which they regarded as a complete travesty of their family history.’
      recommendation, commendation, endorsement, a good word
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  • in good time

    • 1With no risk of being late.

      ‘I arrived in good time’
      • ‘I make my way in good time, and arrive at the indicated address about 20 minutes early.’
      • ‘Participants are encouraged to arrive in good time for what promises to be a very interesting presentation.’
      • ‘Notes can be posted, provided they arrive in good time for the event being publicised.’
      • ‘I arrived at Montpellier airport in good time and met my girlfriend who had come to pick me up.’
      • ‘I arrive at Heathrow in good time, secure a window seat and descend into the Mecca that is duty free shopping.’
      • ‘The wake would be conducted for the first night, and the following evening the hearse would arrive at the house in good time.’
      • ‘The teeing-off time is from 9.30-11.00 am and all those competing are asked to arrive in good time.’
      • ‘The traffic was very light and we arrived in good time.’
      • ‘Registration is required and participants should arrive in good time to enter.’
      • ‘Grace and John arrived at El Bistro in good time.’
      punctual, punctually, prompt, promptly, on time
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    • 2In due course but without haste.

      ‘‘I want to see him.’ ‘You will. All in good time.’’
      • ‘I was only nine years old - I didn't understand that everything would come all in good time.’
      • ‘For a moment, I felt a degree of envy in that she is, now, where I wish I was already, but all in good time I suppose.’
      • ‘I want to hear more, preferably better recorded, all in good time no doubt.’
      • ‘I'm afraid I haven't had much time to renovate but all in good time!’
      • ‘‘All in good time, love, all in good time,’ Brandon said confidently.’
      • ‘There is the opportunity to do fun stuff, but all in good time: my job, to play football, is the most important thing.’
      • ‘‘Patience, in good time,’ cried the caller to the gathering, most of whom were a little drunk and had no time for patience.’
      • ‘We'll discuss property masks in detail, but all in good time.’
      • ‘But I promise you'll understand it all in good time.’
      • ‘Slowly, slowly, and all in good time, of course, as I have my Ph.D to attend to first and foremost!’
  • make good

    • Be successful.

      ‘a college friend who made good in Hollywood’
      • ‘Let us hope that our emigrant arrived safely and made good in the new world.’
      • ‘PE makes it good with soccer and football her favourites.’
      • ‘Another example of the underdog making good is the rise and rise of the documentary feature.’
      succeed, achieve success, be successful, be a success, do well, get ahead, reach the top, become famous, achieve recognition, distinguish oneself, set the world on fire
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  • make something good

    • 1Compensate for loss, damage, or expense.

      ‘if I scratched the table I'd make good the damage’
      • ‘These early losses were made good through new building and captured Axis ships.’
      • ‘Although population losses can be made good very quickly, in Ireland population growth remained low for the rest of the century as a result of late marriage.’
      • ‘The smallest number we ever sold, by the way, was 60 out of 1,000; but fortunately my predecessor as man in charge had made a deal with a rich enthusiast that any loss on the book would be made good.’
      • ‘But this loss is made good to some extent not only by quotations from lost works recorded by later writers, but also by the varieties of ancient reportage that are extant.’
      • ‘The resultant loss of revenue to the exchequer could be made good through hike in prices of some other items that do not affect the common man.’
      make up for, compensate for, make amends for, make restitution for, make reparation for, redress, make good, satisfy
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      1. 1.1Repair or restore after damage.
        ‘make good the wall where you have buried the cable’
        repair, mend, fix, patch up, put right, set right, put to rights, see to
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    • 2Fulfil a promise or claim.

      ‘I challenged him to make good his boast’
      • ‘Papal claims waited only on a strong leader to make them good.’
      • ‘I think it is a marvelous idea and they have my loyalty for making good on promises so far.’
      • ‘Only two things could keep Uncle Sam from making good on this pledge to retirees.’
      • ‘Mr Rubin submitted that tracing was unnecessary to make this claim good.’
      • ‘Now they are under strong pressure to make their promises good.’
      • ‘The townships are still there, the promise to replace them is still there and so far the hope that the promises will be made good has survived, just.’
      • ‘Julie has low expectations when it comes to politicians making good on election promises.’
      fulfil, carry out, carry through, implement, execute, effect, discharge, perform, honour, redeem
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  • take something in good part

    • Not be offended by something.

      ‘he took her abruptness in good part’
      • ‘They took it in good part and proceeded to show me aikido's ‘unbendable arm.’’
      • ‘Some took it in good part, while others found it less easy to shrug off.’
      • ‘The French are increasingly seen as favourites to win the whole damn thing and they are taking it in good part.’
      good-naturedly, good-humouredly, without offence, amicably, favourably, with forbearance, patiently, tolerantly, indulgently, cheerfully, well
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  • too good to be true

    • So great or impressive as to be difficult to believe.

      ‘five league wins in a row was just too good to be true’
      • ‘He promised investors returns on their money that were too good to be true.’
      • ‘He is a mighty war hero whose features appear to be so perfect that it seems too good to be true.’
      • ‘It seems too good to be true but thus far we have seen no hidden problems or costs.’
      • ‘We often believe counterfeit items to be the real thing even if the prices are too good to be true.’
      • ‘This school was too good to be true.’
  • too much of a good thing

    • Used in reference to the fact that something that is generally desirable or beneficial can be detrimental or unpleasant if experienced excessively.

      ‘an overabundance of any of the B vitamins can be too much of a good thing’
      • ‘Such emphasis may prove too much of a good thing.’
      • ‘Three discs might seem like too much of a good thing, but I was never frustrated by this set.’
      • ‘Too much of a good thing can often be a waste—or even a downright pollutant.’
      • ‘Use a dab of cologne, not half the bottle—there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.’
      • ‘This opens the door for more weirdness for weirdness's sake, but sometimes, that can be too much of a good thing.’
  • up to no good

    • Doing something wrong.

      • ‘This doesn't mean that all truants are up to no good: some are avoiding school to avoid confronting more deep-seated problems.’
      • ‘Well, it's nearly the weekend now, and I've got three packed days of working in the pub and probably getting up to no good.’
      • ‘Of course now that I am the parent, it would be wrong to assume that the teens I know are up to no good, so I work hard to give them the benefit of the doubt.’
      • ‘They think I'm in a gang, I'm a bad boy or someone who's up to no good.’
      • ‘The area is covered by a Dispersal Order, which enables officers to move gangs on they suspect are up to no good.’
      • ‘Even after the trial, he may have been followed by British intelligence agents, who may have felt he continued to be up to no good.’
      • ‘Children will always be children, but it is asked that parents be aware what their children are up to at night and to be aware if they are up to no good.’
      • ‘Whether it's a scandal in the Royal Family or a lord who's been up to no good, we seem to have an unquenchable thirst for the passionate exploits of the nobility.’
      • ‘She had not long been in the hairdressers when another shopkeeper came in to alert them that he thought the youths were up to no good.’
      • ‘Although, one of my ex-creditors had reported me as still living at an address I left eight years ago, which could be problematic if a subsequent resident got up to no good.’


Old English gōd, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch goed and German gut.