One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1In plural Desirable or pleasurable things generally; luxuries; especially tasty and appetizing food; treats. In early use chiefly in "the good things of this world (also life)" (now usually in theological contexts).
2A witty comment or remark; a bon mot.
3Chiefly Horse Racing. A likely success; an excellent opportunity for gain; specifically a horse that is very likely to win a race; a certainty.
4A course of action or state of affairs that is desirable or beneficial; a person who or thing which is commendable.
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’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
to know a good thing when one sees it
And variants: to be able to recognize a situation, person, object, etc., as being desirable or worthy of appreciation.
on to a good thing
Informal: in a job or other situation that is pleasant, profitable, or easy; in the position of having an excellent opportunity for success, prosperity, or advantage.
all good things must come to an end
Proverb. and variants: used to express the impermanent nature of pleasurable situations, events, etc.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in The Wycliffite Bible (early version). From good + thing.
good thing/ˌɡʊd ˈθɪŋ/
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