Definition of have something on good authority in English:

have something on good authority

phrase

  • Have ascertained something from a reliable source.

    ‘I have it on good authority that there is a waiting list of up to five weeks’
    • ‘I have it on good authority (as I can't understand a word of it myself!) that this e-mail is asking what we think about using the Welsh Language in Wales or something like that.’
    • ‘For this column has it on good authority that the island is about to be bought by a Japanese / British consortium and transformed into a racetrack for one of the quickest growing sports in Europe.’
    • ‘I have it on good authority that these kinds of drugs generally take some time to build up in the system and start being effective.’
    • ‘I have it on good authority that he's always been like that, it's not merely a product of old age.’
    • ‘I have it on good authority that he has left the company.’
    • ‘We have this information on good authority from our own very reliable Minister for Justice.’
    • ‘I have it on good authority from an estate agent friend of mine, that there is a new index of the social desirability of an area.’
    • ‘I have it on good authority that at least three versions of the film were shown around the globe - one for the French market, one for the English / American market and one for the rest of the universe.’
    • ‘And no, I haven't read the book but I have it on good authority (my mum and dad) that it's a great read.’
    • ‘Actually, we have it on good authority that at least one U.S. Senator reads our blog regularly, and that others know about it and read it occasionally.’
    • ‘I have it on good authority that he is a personal friend of hers.’
    evidence, testimony, witness, attestation, sworn statement, declaration, word, avowal, deposition, profession
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