One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A well-meaning but unrealistic or interfering philanthropist or reformer.
benefactor, benefactress, humanitarian, patron, patroness, donor, contributor, giver, sponsor, backer, helper, altruist, good samaritanView synonyms
- ‘Society became flooded with well-meaning do-gooders who bumbled about in the most hopeless manner.’
- ‘Politicians or other misguided do-gooders won't be able to meddle.’
- ‘Thus, there was little a well-meaning band of foreign do-gooders could achieve by meddling.’
- ‘The dewy-eyed do-gooders might be pleased to know that whoever wins government at the next election our detention centres will still be here.’
- ‘What do these so called humanitarian do-gooders expect?’
- ‘They don't want do-gooders coming along and deciding to give it to organisations that aren't run by consumers; they want to protect the money.’
- ‘And in Alaska, the do-gooders fight bears with pepper spray.’
- ‘America's distinctive do-gooders have been keeping the public safe by patrolling the streets and subways of the Big Apple for more than 25 years.’
- ‘Much Ado About Nothing tells the tale of two relationships and the meddling do-gooders who muck them up.’
- ‘But if so, why should council do-gooders interfere?’
- ‘Politicians and middle-class do-gooders have interfered with the balance of a vulnerable sociological ecosystem.’
- ‘She loves her ‘team’ of fellow do-gooders, loves the challenge, the sense of accomplishment.’
- ‘The main blame lies with the do-gooders who have interfered by saying you can't smack a child etc.’
- ‘What qualifies do-gooders to give economic advice?’
- ‘Once again the police are fighting their battle against crime with one arm tied behind their backs; and once again it is the Government and its cronies of do-gooders who are doing the tying.’
- ‘In conclusion, if the do-gooders want to do real good they should protest at pensioners being threatened with prison sentences for non-payment of council tax!’
- ‘Keeping in line with the tradition of panto you can be sure the show will have its fair share of villains, do-gooders, idiots and of course the inevitable love matches.’
- ‘What right have these do-gooders to deny the bulk of the population good quality chicken at a price they can afford.’
- ‘Is there any limit at all on how far do-gooders are willing to dumb down our educational system in the name of helping students feel good about themselves?’
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