Definition of good in English:



  • 1To be desired or approved of.

    ‘we live at peace with each other, which is good’
    ‘a good quality of life’
    [as exclamation] ‘Good! The more people the better!’
    • ‘It was not a good position to be in at a time of such great opportunity.’
    • ‘Gough will be in a good position to judge, as he will be working for Sky Sports during its coverage of the series.’
    • ‘Perhaps Edinburgh people are more confident of having good jobs and money in the future.’
    • ‘He made the best of a good position off the last bend to finish fifth, less than two bike lengths behind the winner.’
    • ‘She was given the task of bringing me up and instilling reasonably good values in me.’
    • ‘This side have a good hunger and they've got desire and they are good qualities to have.’
    • ‘However, when he was interviewed he seemed positive and had a good professional attitude.’
    • ‘The support we have received puts us in a good position to secure the financial future of the fayre in years to come.’
    • ‘The news comes on the back of a good Ofsted report for Commonweal which was described as an effective school.’
    • ‘It discusses the need and value of a good reputation for both York as a city and the council that runs it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But it's easy amid this depressing news to lose sight of some good things going on.’
    • ‘Because even if the London market is a tad depressed, good deals still sell fast.’
    • ‘It's so good to welcome Leanne Benjamin back to the Royal Opera House after maternity leave.’
    • ‘If you think that's a good thing, and want to show your support, please go there for a drink.’
    • ‘Having more work than you know what to do with is actually a pretty good position to be in, points out Mr Houston.’
    • ‘We started today's game against Kent in a good position although we did lose a few too many wickets after tea.’
    • ‘I can go out here in Ireland and the people are good enough to come out and see me.’
    • ‘For a business and investment world starved of good news, this seems almost too good to be true.’
    1. 1.1Pleasing and welcome.
      ‘she was pleased to hear good news about him’
      • ‘However, it is good to have our position recognised and be given a clean bill of health.’
      • ‘People take great pains to thank us for our efforts and whilst it is not necessary, it is good to be appreciated.’
      • ‘It is good to see the standard of netball in the first division is improving.’
      • ‘I have to make the most of this good spell of form, and am pleased that we are doing well in Europe.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The first good sign is a complimentary gin and tonic and plenty leg-room on the plane.’
      • ‘As has been said before, it's better to be confident of a good result than hopeful of a great one.’
      • ‘Bonnie had another trip to the vets on Friday and unfortunately the news wasn't good.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For many the news will be good, confirming that they can now go to the university or college of their choice.’
      • ‘Things start going wrong, bad news overshadows the good, the odds seem stacked against us.’
      • ‘Ivy went to check on her bike, and was pleased to see it was also in good condition.’
      • ‘On reflection, I guess it's good that people are turning to the internet for their news.’
      • ‘Everything fell into place for us once the game began and the good start was very welcome.’
      • ‘I then had to wait for the results and I didn't know if it was going to be good or bad news.’
      • ‘Any action is welcome and a good sign that Government is taking the problem seriously.’
      • ‘While international news might be bad, our personal fortunes are frequently good.’
      • ‘It is good to see our standards and achievements recognised by the Home Office in this report.’
      • ‘The prospect of good weather and a favourable exchange rate are no doubt turning minds to sunny climes.’
    2. 1.2Expressing approval.
      ‘the play had good reviews’
      • ‘My old friend Paul gave it a good review when it was in the cinema, so I'm fairly interested to see it.’
      • ‘But his review in Commentary is so good that I ordered the book on the strength of it.’
      • ‘Mrs Bradley said she was confident of a good response to the proposals from parents.’
      • ‘The series received rotten reviews, then good ones, and the viewing figures blossomed.’
      • ‘It is a handsome thing, and has already had a good review in Scotland on Sunday.’
      • ‘I may even be grateful for a good review of my book which I know was not a masterpiece of impartiality.’
      • ‘That's not to say that few people could or would deliver good reviews or criticism.’
      • ‘It was kind of sad, because we had all these good reviews and no one could find the album!’
      • ‘The tabloids have given good reviews and he says people are generally supportive.’
      • ‘While the reviews have been good, some critics have said the work has the hallmarks of a first draft.’
      • ‘TLM are committed to continuous efficiency gains and have a good record of success.’
      • ‘I'm planning on picking up the Invisibles series after seeing so many good reviews on it.’
      • ‘A good reputation acts as an antecedent for both employee and customer attitudes.’
      • ‘We had a fairly good reaction and it allowed us to get better gigs and travel a bit.’
      • ‘Lewis says he may take a look at any good reviews but he doesn't read a lot of his own press.’
      • ‘As an unknown first-time author, to get such a good review was a dream come true.’
      • ‘The results for individual schools in Bradford show some good success stories.’
      • ‘The reviews were far from good, and it is a flawed production, but still I thought a powerful one.’
      • ‘We've also received generous amounts of fan mail so we are getting our fair share of good press.’
      • ‘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 qualities required for a particular role.

    ‘the schools here are good’
    • ‘A good standard of motivational interviewing was provided throughout the study.’
    • ‘What is really required is a good standard of health care delivered locally.’
    • ‘The school was also commended for its good standard of care and guidance given to children.’
    • ‘He thinks the series stands up after three years, pointing out that the production values are good.’
    • ‘Taunton's College was found to have good teaching and learning standards across the board.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He can catch, he can dive, he can read the game, and his kicking is good enough to take the pressure off his defence.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The report said parents were most pleased that the school is managed well and teaching is good.’
    • ‘Under his command prominence was given to sharp news stories and good writing.’
    • ‘A good standard of maths is also required as there is a high mathematical content to the course.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A good king ruled through and with the nobility, whose respect he had to win and maintain.’
    • ‘If there is a good standard of equipment then this will attract tourists to the park.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He knew that accurate observations required good instruments and he began to acquire them.’
    • ‘People feel that communication has not been good enough, but in my view there is no magical solution to this.’
    fine, of high quality, of a high standard, quality, superior
    valid, genuine, authentic, legitimate, sound, bona fide
    delicious, mouth-watering, appetizing, tasty, flavoursome, flavourful, delectable, toothsome, inviting, enjoyable, palatable
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    1. 2.1Appropriate to a particular purpose.
      ‘this is a good month for planting seeds’
      • ‘Buying foreign shares can be a good way to avoid paying stamp duty altogether.’
      • ‘Employee of the month is a good example of how somebody can be both a winner and a loser at the same time.’
      • ‘A number of good internet sites contain news on current events as well as background articles.’
      • ‘But anyone who knew the man and his management style had good reason to feel confident.’
      • ‘This is a good survey of how a few breaking news stories were covered by the main services.’
      • ‘When walking in the mountains be sure to wear stout boots with a good grip.’
      • ‘September is a good month to do some heavy digging, especially if you have clay soil.’
      • ‘A good rule of thumb for predicting the Next Big Thing is the length of the queue trying to see them.’
      • ‘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 that if you can lift the rock it is probably too small to be of value.’
      • ‘Here, he may not always reach the high notes, but he oozes a relaxed confidence, and with good reason.’
      • ‘It took us about six months to develop a good code that we all understood.’
      • ‘A good rule of thumb is to smoke food for three to four times the brining time.’
      • ‘There are good arguments for sharing her health data with the social care staff who look after her.’
      • ‘Google is a good example of how successful you can be if you take the time to do it right.’
      • ‘Language is a good reflection of culture, and a dictionary provides a snapshot of the language.’
      • ‘Thanks, I do have good shoes, from Run and Become, and they do make a huge difference.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is a good month to look around gardens, because June is a time of abundance.’
      convenient, suitable, appropriate, fitting, fit, suited, agreeable
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    2. 2.2(of language) with correct grammar and pronunciation.
      ‘she speaks good English’
      • ‘This would mean only people who write good English would be inclined to post.’
      • ‘A lot of you have been asking about my background and the reason why my English is good.’
      • ‘He spoke good French, as he had graduated from a French school.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Hosts also needed to understand that the children may not speak good English.’
      • ‘She spoke good Chinese and was really kind and helpful and managed to explain to the police at the Bus Terminal what had happened.’
      fine, of high quality, of a high standard, quality, superior
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    3. 2.3Strictly adhering to or fulfilling all the principles of a particular cause, religion, or party.
      ‘a good Catholic girl’
      • ‘Merton, confused, answered, “I guess what I want is to be a good Catholic.”’
      • ‘The Theatines wanted to show the local poor population of Rome how good priests should perform.’
      • ‘A good socialist would not have such aspirations.’
      • ‘As long as you follow the rules of the monastery then they will respect you as a good monk.’
      • ‘Yet what is said to be good in one religion may not be good in another religion.’
    4. 2.4(of a ticket) valid.
      ‘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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  • 3Possessing or displaying moral virtue.

    ‘I've met many good people who made me feel ashamed of my own shortcomings’
    ‘the rich and the good shared the same fate as the poor and the bad’
    • ‘Most refer to her good work and tireless energy but do not even touch on the range or depth of her activities.’
    • ‘He had, we must suppose, good moral reasons for seeking to pursue that course of action.’
    • ‘Finally, everybody thinks that you are a good person by virtue of your job.’
    • ‘Sadly, in a lot of cases, parents are failing to bring up their children with good family and moral values.’
    • ‘It would be great if it were used for a good purpose, like helping people with heart disease and the like.’
    • ‘It will be shared out among local good causes at the group's presentation day later this year.’
    • ‘Shares of the proceeds of next year's Marriott Charity Ball await local good causes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As well as helping a good cause buying this CD will give you hours of pleasure.’
    • ‘All the money raised from the show goes to charities and good causes - mostly in Orkney.’
    • ‘It is in the cupboard, and likely to stay there until the next good cause that requires a raffle prize donation.’
    • ‘Was this wild display of conspicuous donation prompted by the desire to help the good causes involved?’
    • ‘He has lost his business, his reputation, his good character, his savings and his career.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This tells all young and old that a bad deed done in the name of a good cause is acceptable.’
    • ‘We would like to keep up the good work so please support the collections next weekend.’
    • ‘In the case of the conjoined twins we saw two good moral traditions at work.’
    • ‘This area is full of mostly good, decent people, but people are scared about these shootings.’
    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. 3.1Showing kindness.
      ‘you are good—thank you’
      • ‘To the good wishes already expressed by millions of her other fans, let me add my own.’
      • ‘Evelyn was a grand neighbour and kind friend and her good deeds were many over the years.’
      • ‘For all of you may this be a peaceful time of rest and family with every good wish for 2005.’
      • ‘Yet the Nevilles have been good to him, generous with their help and advice.’
      • ‘Anna was able to return Ken's good deeds to her family by giving him the medal and badges.’
      • ‘She asked us to convey her good wishes to family and friends back home in Belmullet.’
      • ‘A good deed brings a pleasant result and a bad deed brings an unpleasant result.’
      • ‘Success, beauty, and power in this world are the result of good acts in a previous life.’
      • ‘The thing that pleases me most is that he is a good kid, willing to learn and not big-headed.’
      • ‘Her kind nature was ever to the fore and she performed many good deeds in her own quiet manner.’
      • ‘My ambition now is to live as long and as happily as I can, and to be good to my family and friends.’
      • ‘She was with her daughter Regina and she sends good wishes to family and friends back home.’
      • ‘Shouldn't we take advantage of these last hours to offer good deeds and obedience?’
      • ‘They are always there for me and it is humbling to realise how good your real friends are to you.’
      • ‘They also said the company had done a lot of good charity work in the area.’
      • ‘A kind neighbour with a good word for all, Mae was highly thought of by all who knew her.’
      kind, kindly, kind-hearted, good-hearted, friendly, obliging, generous, charitable, magnanimous, gracious, sympathetic, benevolent, benign, altruistic, unselfish, selfless
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    2. 3.2Obedient to rules or conventions.
      ‘accustom the child to being rewarded for good behavior’
      • ‘A Swindon primary school is needed to help research links between good behaviour and fish oils.’
      • ‘We are trying to have a code in school where we maintain good order and discipline.’
      • ‘A Swindon school has found a new way to beat the truants and encourage good behaviour.’
      • ‘She's a good girl, but a little slow at times, and sometimes needs a guiding hand.’
      • ‘Council solicitor John Emms has had to remind councillors of the importance of good behaviour.’
      • ‘This section of the Code sets out basic rules of good practice that all clubs and individuals must observe.’
      • ‘This sanction worked better in securing good behaviour than the threat of flogging.’
      • ‘There is no charge and all the good boys and girls get a treat after the stories are read.’
      • ‘The school will work with others to share expertise and develop good practice.’
      • ‘The programme will be designed to teach them about good behaviour and neighbourliness.’
      • ‘They want to say my friend is a good mother and that her son has the rights most children don't have.’
      • ‘The year five and six pupils were chosen on their good behaviour merits by teachers at the school.’
      • ‘Perhaps if we could charge or reward for poor or good behaviour things would be easier.’
      • ‘For its part, the tourist board shares examples of good practice with its commercial members.’
      • ‘Inspectors also praised the good behaviour of the pupils and their enthusiasm for learning.’
      • ‘Again the converse is true: if good behaviour is ignored or criticised it will not continue.’
      • ‘It is very important to make sure that good students are welcomed and well regarded.’
      • ‘Every morning it gets harder and harder for me to wake up and go to class like a good little girl.’
      • ‘I don't think it is wrong, or a waste of time, to point out the virtue of manners and good behaviour.’
      • ‘In return, she resolved that she would do her best to be a good, obedient wife.’
      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. 3.3Used to address or refer to people, especially in a patronizing or humorous way.
      ‘the good people of the city were disconcerted’
      • ‘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 went on to say that deeply disappointed was too mild in fact she was bloody livid.’
      • ‘Can I say right at the outset that we have made the report available to your good self.’
      • ‘The good lady had not realised it was all part of a European Union ruling.’
      • ‘The good lady will be getting up any minute and she'll be sure to tell me what I said or did.’
      • ‘Eric, a thoroughly good chap from the other side of the pond, has directed a question at me.’
      • ‘Look out for my good self and other infamous bloggers talking out Christmas in Web User magazine.’
      • ‘We tackled one hundred and one topics this week that seemed to spark off interest with your good selves.’
      • ‘The offending article and my good self were relegated to the sin bin for a very long time.’
      • ‘However, if this is true, then who could be better than your good self to emerge victorious from all of this?’
      • ‘We would be absolutely delighted to receive written submissions from your good selves.’
      • ‘Get dressed up, take your good lady out for a romantic meal and try to speak honestly about how you both feel.’
      • ‘However, the good lady would be able to take comfort in the great local food she would no doubt find on offer.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Paul Allaerts peeps on his silver whistle and signals my good self over to the kettle.’
    4. 3.4Commanding respect.
      ‘he was concerned with establishing and maintaining his good name’
      • ‘Littlewoods has been around for some time and it has good credentials and a good brand name.’
      • ‘I'd say that one major thing that has changed is that a man's living no longer depends on his good name.’
      • ‘The Lord Mayor of York may think that a refusal to sign damages the good name of the city.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The character suited me well so it created a lot of work and gave me a good name in the industry.’
      • ‘The business has a good name and the customers like it because we do all our framing upstairs on the premises.’
      • ‘You know how it takes a long, long time to build a good reputation and the flick of an eyelid to lose it?’
      • ‘Hopefully people will benefit a few years down the line if English managers get a good name.’
      • ‘For a school that works so hard to keep up its good name to be let down by a few is really quite sad.’
      • ‘So it's for their benefit, as well as the good name of their town, that they buy a licence today.’
      • ‘Kenneth had acquired a good reputation in the area, and was asked to take on the role, to which he agreed.’
      • ‘It was pretentious, and manipulative and was trying to give psychotics a good name.’
      • ‘One had to have a good name for conduct and the ability to work hard to join this team.’
      • ‘They will be defending their good names to the utmost, and if that means legal action then so be it.’
      • ‘They wanted to protect their good name and give Phillips all the help they needed.’
      • ‘Finally she was forced to pay damages to the women whose good names had been dragged through the mud.’
      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. 3.5Belonging 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’
    • ‘We've been stuck in rehearsals for six months so it's good to get out and do it live again.’
    • ‘After nine months of living the good life at home in Split, that would simply be too great a mountain to climb.’
    • ‘It was good to get a proper run out and this was my first full game so that counts as my true debut.’
    • ‘I expect a good welcome back because I was always on friendly terms with the fans.’
    • ‘I have long held that sleeping and lying abed are the principal foundations for the good life.’
    • ‘When she left the company we were all very pleased, and it became a good place to work again.’
    • ‘I tried to watch it once after having many friends tell me how good it was.’
    • ‘It may be inanimate and made from pine, but it has shared so many good times with me.’
    • ‘The magic acts proved a good entertainment for the children who came to the festival.’
    • ‘The research indicates that men are most drawn to your desire to live the good life.’
    • ‘Men, women and children will enjoy all the good things that come from the beautiful game.’
    • ‘Along the way we see some occasional impulse in him to live a good life, a fulfilling life.’
    • ‘It is a powerful antidote to despair in bad times and an enhancer of pleasure in good times.’
    • ‘Freddie McLeod is back, and he brings with him a reputation for being a decent man and good company.’
    • ‘Dogs help us over the rough spots in life, just as they are always there to share in the good times.’
    • ‘So, a good end to a good week and an enjoyable first three days in a brand new job.’
    • ‘Good results on the football field are required also, but good vibes are the first essential.’
    • ‘Everyone is welcome to attend and a night of fun and good entertainment is guaranteed.’
    • ‘They are also likely to have a small, close set of friends with whom they share good times.’
    • ‘I had a good Christmas with my friends and then it was back to training again.’
    enjoyable, pleasant, agreeable, pleasing, pleasurable, delightful, great, nice, lovely, amusing, diverting, jolly, merry, lively, festive, cheerful, convivial, congenial, sociable
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    1. 4.1Pleasant to look at; attractive.
      ‘you're looking pretty good’
      • ‘I always thought that he wasn't buying all those expensive suits just to look good in the mirror.’
      • ‘Inevitably, with an actor of his dark good looks, there is a love story at the heart of the film.’
      • ‘That she was petrified his extremely good looks would bowl over too many other, better girls.’
      • ‘The knack to making these jackets look good is to ignore the way they were worn on the catwalk.’
      • ‘However, this band are clearly driven by something other than a desire to look good on the fashion pages.’
      • ‘Her good looks are shared by her family, as descriptions and numerous photos bear testimony.’
      • ‘In every species, it is the male that dresses up and looks good to attract the females.’
      • ‘Mardar is a motorcycle courier, popular with the girls for his brooding good looks.’
      • ‘As a young man his good looks attracted the starlets and the bright lights of Hollywood.’
      • ‘And, especially to the ghoulish, he does look surprisingly good.’
      • ‘Creating the right emotional sensation is about more than having nice teeth and a good hair cut.’
      • ‘And yeah, it does look quite good, but I have no idea whether we've assembled it safely.’
      • ‘In my view, there are a few rules to looking good - not that I always follow them, of course.’
      • ‘Achieving a good result has much to do with emphasising a person's good features.’
      • ‘He's blessed with rugged good looks, a successful career on television and he can cook too.’
    2. 4.2(of clothes) smart and suitable for formal wear.
      ‘he went upstairs to change out of his good suit’
      • ‘Susan Deacon is wearing her good suit, which is purple. but it's not for my benefit.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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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  • 5[attributive] Thorough.

    ‘the attic needed a good cleaning’
    ‘have a good look around’
    • ‘It's an opportunity for people to give themselves a good spring clean and try something new!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Besides, the girl needed to have a good cry, a thorough, good, hard and long cry.’
    • ‘Then he gave himself a good shake, and set to the task of a good clean and groom.’
    • ‘He agreed that some of the trains look shabby even after a good clean because many of them are about forty years old.’
    • ‘Users of the men's toilet said it was smelly and needed a new floor and a good steam clean.’
    • ‘Draw back the curtains and drapes and give all those windows a good clean both inside and out.’
    1. 5.1Used to emphasize that a number is at least as great as one claims.
      ‘they're a good twenty years younger’
      • ‘The tide was in, and the breakers were a good twenty to thirty feet high when they hit the harbour wall.’
      • ‘A good twenty or so Patriots remained standing and, for the most part, uninjured.’
      • ‘I have cooked and presided over a good many family meals myself since those days.’
      • ‘I had to spend a good hour or so cleaning out the new contacts, but it was a start.’
      • ‘Plus they have plenty of time to revolt as the plans are a good 18 months off being implemented.’
      • ‘It lasted for a good ten seconds and sounded like a motorbike going down the road outside.’
      • ‘I listened, and could hear him walk a good twenty paces down a concrete corridor.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I joined the queue about 15 cars behind him, so it took a good twenty minutes to get past.’
      • ‘However, used-car buyers should rejoice in the fact that they at least tried for a good few years.’
      • ‘The Beast had been busy arguing that it needed a good six months more to mount a proper, lingering defence.’
      • ‘I checked my watch as subtly as I could and decided there was a good twenty minutes to go.’
      • ‘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 spent a good hour doing a thorough search of my flat, but there was no sign of the damn thing.’
      • ‘So, this scientist then spent a good few months examining the genetics of these lambs.’
      • ‘James Goodwin was at least a good three inches shorter AND was half his size when it came to body weight.’
      • ‘This apparently simple problem has taken me a good four months to resolve since you first contacted me in May.’
      • ‘I think the accusations against him on this kind of thing go back a good ten years at least.’
      whole, full, entire, complete, solid, not less than, at least
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    2. 5.2Used to emphasize a following adjective.
      ‘we had a good long hug’
      ‘it'll be good and dark by then’
      • ‘He is a good solid player, a big lad who is quick and understands the game.’
      • ‘Their chances of survival will be greater if they get a good nutritious meal at least once a day.’
      • ‘I walk to the diner car and get one when I'm good and ready for it.’
      • ‘Heat the olive oil and gently cook the onions in a good solid saucepan for five minutes.’
      • ‘It will give a good clean outline to the pencil, and help to hold the lip colour in place.’
      • ‘She chose an old white dress she hadn't worn in a good many years, so no one would recognize it.’
      • ‘A good sharp sound effect can heighten a surprise and make you jump out of your seat.’
      • ‘He was good and drunk by midnight, stumbling around the house, talking and laughing with everyone.’
      • ‘Dance in and out, start with a good strong jab and then follow with the power right.’
      • ‘Not good solid rain at all, just the insidious kind that leaches the warmth out of your bones and drags you down.’
      • ‘The referee had very little to do as both teams played a good clean game.’
      • ‘First, a piece of paper landed on my desk extolling the virtues of good old-fashioned baking.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We are seeing good solid achievements and more than we could have hoped for two years ago.’
      • ‘We have a good solid formation and it's going to be hard for them to break our defence down.’
      • ‘There was a also good lively discussion in relation to the enrolment of new members.’
      • ‘I think punk is the only music that really has a good, solid base under the mainstream.’
      • ‘This is fed by conventions used in a good many American mainstream films in particular.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The graphics are good and clean, but they are not stunning by any means.’
    3. 5.3Fairly large.
      ‘a good crowd’
      figurative ‘there's a good chance that we may be able to help you’
      • ‘Most jobs that will earn you a good amount of money involve a fair bit of training.’
      • ‘God, that boy owes me big time, since I probably had a good amount of homework to do in other subjects.’
      • ‘He poured clumsily, spilling a good amount of claret as the carriage bumped along.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘This weekend is shaping as a very good game and it should be played in front of a good size crowd.’
      • ‘The irony is that I am willing to stand up and say that and take a good amount of criticism for it.’
      • ‘This is a very rewarding job but one that does demand a good amount of your free time.’
      • ‘The crowd that assembled at it had a great time and raised a good amount for the Sudan Appeal.’
      • ‘There were four of them, all a good size, and you could see how they would easily suffice two people sharing.’
      • ‘The owners had put an extension on the back, so the dining room and kitchen were good sizes.’
      • ‘The goal spurred the home side on, and cheered by a good sized crowd they looked the more likely to score.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There was a good size patch in the back right hand corner for a vegetable garden.’
      • ‘Enough for at least two people, all the chips were of a good size, without being wedge-like.’
      • ‘The fields were a good size, with plenty of familiar names both riding and training.’
      • ‘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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  • 6Used in conjunction with the name of God or a related expression as an exclamation of extreme surprise or anger.

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


  • 1That which is morally right; righteousness.

    ‘a mysterious balance of good and evil’
    • ‘In the old days, we used to prefer the wider good over personal convenience.’
    • ‘She knew from his birth he had within him the power of great good, or of great evil.’
    • ‘Total good should outweigh total evil, it should be a last resort and must have the final aim of peace.’
    • ‘It was also a society with much evil alongside much good, and Melanie gives us the evil in full measure.’
    • ‘I vote for the person who can promote the common good of our society.’
    • ‘Evil and good are two sides of the same coin, just as death and life, sorrow and joy.’
    • ‘It is also in the spirit of mankind to seek the good from the evil and vice-versa.’
    • ‘The clean contrasts of the Manichean universe are what we respond to: good versus evil.’
    • ‘The only limitation on the host state is that its controls be in the interest of the general good.’
    • ‘A world in which this is possible can only be a world in which there is much evil as well as great good.’
    • ‘Some good may come of evil if the international criminal court comes into being sooner.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Has the world's common good been served?’
    • ‘However, we can all help to maintain the status quo of good versus evil in the world.’
    • ‘Thus the problem of evil is said to be solved by showing that evil actually conduces to greater good.’
    • ‘That greater good can best be measured in terms of economic indicators and territorial extent.’
    • ‘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.’
    virtue, righteousness, virtuousness, goodness, morality, ethicalness, uprightness, upstandingness, integrity, principle, dignity, rectitude, rightness
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  • 2Benefit 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’
    • ‘In your mind's eye, visualize a person you love, one who has done good for you, or for whom you have done good.’
    • ‘The benefits of watching wild animals outweigh any good that might come from killing them.’
    • ‘It was seen to put the good of the sport above personal advantage and did so quickly.’
    • ‘It is fiscal nonsense not to reap the benefits for the good of their own members.’
    • ‘We can do much better, and for the good of the service we certainly ought to.’
    • ‘I assure you that the decision I made was for the good of mankind.’
    • ‘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.’
    benefit, advantage, profit, gain, interest, welfare, well-being, enjoyment, satisfaction, comfort, ease, convenience
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  • 3Merchandise or possessions.

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


The adverb corresponding to the adjective good is well: she is a good swimmer who performs well in meets. Confusion sometimes arises because well is also an adjective meaning ‘in good health, healthy,’ for which good is widely used informally as a substitute: I feel well, meaning ‘I feel healthy’—versus the informal I feel good, meaning either ‘I feel healthy’ or ‘I am in a good mood.’ See also bad


  • all to the good

    • To be welcomed without qualification.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This sort of process is going on throughout the country, and is all to the good.’
  • as good as ——

    • 1Very nearly ——

      ‘she's as good as here’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘His career was as good as dead, but he was about to retire anyway.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He knows his party is dying - or is as good as dead.’
      • ‘When the ambulance came for him he was 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 they take the palace we're all 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 he doesn't like our show, we're all as good as dead.’
        • ‘If it spread to the woods, they were as good as dead.’
        • ‘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 Kerry had lost the first debate and drawn the second, his candidacy would probably be 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?’
        • ‘He'd be as good as dead anyway if infection did set in.’
        • ‘If you go after the golem with that blasted magic sword of yours, you're 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.’
  • be any (or no or much) good

    • 1Have some (or none or much) merit.

      ‘tell me whether that picture is any good’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘All they cared about was whether the songs were any good.’
      • ‘If he paid you to write a script, he was going to make that movie whether it was any good or not.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I had no idea when my father brainwashed me at birth whether my team was any good or not.’
      • ‘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!’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘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.’
      1. 1.1Be of some (or none or much) help in dealing with a situation.
        ‘it was no good trying to ward things off’
        • ‘I was one of many friends who tried everything to persuade Claire to give him up - but it was no good.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘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.’
        • ‘Arguing with them is no good, especially as that labels you as a member of the opposition party.’
        • ‘At first I said it was no good if it was only until the end of the season.’
        • ‘Another salesman told me the focus was no good for close-up pictures (also not true).’
        • ‘The situation was no good for them and it was no good for us.’
  • be good to go

    • informal Be ready or prepared for something.

      ‘slip on a bright pair of pumps and you're good to go’
      • ‘Add adjustable lighting and beautiful windows looking out over a forest of peaceful trees, and I am good to go.’
      • ‘The songs were good to go.’
      • ‘Console games can't get patches, they need to be good to go right out of the box.’
      • ‘At last, we were good to go - our market research review was completed and our interviews were lined up and scheduled.’
      • ‘It greeted me with the usual initialization screen that calibrates the touch-screen, and it was 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.’
      • ‘Rub a little dab on your hands and lightly work it into your hair and you're good to go.’
      • ‘Just turn on your radio, tune it to 87 .9 and you are 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.’
      • ‘Just give me a couple of more minutes and I'll be good to go.’
      • ‘When everything is resolved there, we'll be good to go, and then customers will know exactly where everything is.’
  • 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’
      • ‘Now, will you all be so good as to take your seats in the committee room.’
      • ‘‘Thank you,’ she nodded towards him, ‘If you will be so good as to follow me, I shall get your payment.’’
      • ‘Perhaps you would be so good as to publish the link as a further comment to the topic.’
      • ‘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?’
      • ‘I assume that you do not have any major problems with this suggestion, although perhaps you would be so good as to confirm.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Would you be so good as to remind your readers that this country still claims to be a democracy.’
      • ‘I therefore asked the man if he'd be so good as to move the money.’
      • ‘Now, I have a great deal of correspondence to deal with, so please be so good as to leave me in peace.’
  • be —— to the good

    • Have a specified net profit or advantage.

      ‘I came out $7 to the good’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Armagh was a point to the good when John McEntee replaced Ronan Clarke.’
      • ‘Indeed the Scots should have been a try to the good after three minutes.’
      • ‘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).’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Playing into the strong breeze, they were a goal to the good in twenty three seconds, Billy Harty rattling the net from close range.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Refuse To Bend saw out the 10-furlong trip in great style and was a head to the good at the line.’
      • ‘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.’
  • come up with (or deliver) the goods

    • informal Do what is expected or required of one.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All he really needs to do now is start coming up with the goods and even his sternest critics could be silenced.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I'm a Rangers fan, and the footballer I always expected to come up with the goods in big situations was Ally McCoist.’
      • ‘They started the season with great expectations, as we all did, but we've not fulfilled them and not come up with the goods.’
      • ‘They had given him a month to come up with the goods.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • do good

    • 1Act virtuously, especially by helping others.

      • ‘The banks, by way of being seen to be doing good, will also remind us of how much they contribute to the Treasury to help Gordon Brown pay for hospitals and schools.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He said: ‘I'm really pleased because it's nice to get recognition for doing good in the community.’’
      • ‘In a world where people want to be recognised and rewarded for their achievements, it is humbling to see someone who is committed to doing good for the sake of doing good.’
      • ‘He added: ‘Whoever did this obviously has no regard for decency or for people who are doing good for the sake of the local community.’’
      • ‘Purity of heart comes with doing good to others.’
      • ‘They both ask people to be virtuous, and they both do good to their followers.’
      • ‘At 57, folks often care more about doing good than looking good.’
    • 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’
      • ‘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 walk would also do you good, preferably somewhere like a beach or a big park.’
      • ‘He said in most investors' minds, a little inflation does you good.’
      • ‘We are always having a laugh with the children, which does me good too.’
      • ‘It does you good to realise that there is always somebody more gloomy than you are.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 little of what you fancy does you good, so the old lady in the chip shop told me.’
  • for good (and all)

    • Forever; definitively.

      ‘the experience almost frightened me away 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.’
      • ‘It seemed that if he did not practise his skill even for a one day, it would vanish for good.’
      • ‘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?’’
      • ‘We begin with the two hobbits Frodo and Sam journeying towards Mordor to dispose of the Ring for good and all.’
      • ‘How many years ago was it that we were first told that the weather was changing for good?’
      • ‘They wrecked the cause of the occupation for good and all.’
      • ‘Fortunately groups of enthusiasts refused to let their local lines die for good.’
      • ‘We have to make up our minds, once and for all, that we want rid of this system, for good and all.’
      • ‘Seems he's about to prove himself for good and all.’
      forever, permanently, for always, for good and all, perpetually, eternally, 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
      for keeps, until hell freezes over, until doomsday, until the cows come home
      for aye
      immortally, deathlessly, imperishably, abidingly, sempiternally, perdurably
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  • get (or have) the goods on

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

      • ‘Brass's assigned to pose as a con so he can get the goods on what's happening inside the prison.’
      • ‘We thought that they would have the goods on him.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘She was trying to help me get the goods on him without saying anything directly,’ I concluded.’
      • ‘But the Feds didn't have the goods on James, so the charges were dropped.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He's got the goods on how we all use our computers to goof off and waste time on the job.’
  • good and ——

    • informal Used as an intensifier before an adjective or adverb.

      ‘it'll be good and dark by then’
      • ‘I got there good and early so I could sort out a parking place and locate the station.’
      • ‘I hope to be up and about good and early to avoid the rush but we'll have to see.’
      • ‘As a matter of fact, we were all for making him another one, just to finish off the job good and proper.’
      • ‘Heat a little olive oil in the frying pan until it's good and hot, then add the onion and carrots.’
      • ‘Then I taped the whole thing up good and proper to make sure there were no light leaks.’
      • ‘They are going to let you know about the next stage of the Simpsons movie when they are good and ready.’
  • (as) good as gold

    • (especially of a child) extremely well behaved.

      • ‘He works his socks off, times his runs well and is as good as gold.’
      • ‘In the end he came quietly and was as good as gold.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But when I got downstairs, there he is, sitting as good as gold on the sofa where I last left him.’
  • (as) good as new

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

      ‘the skirt looked as good as new’
      • ‘A few days rest in there and she'll be good as new!’
      • ‘Stalls will include good as new clothes, bric-a-brac, curtains, toys, etc.’
      • ‘You should be good as new in about three weeks.’
      • ‘I'm sorry I ruined your hair, but it will be good as new in no time, you'll see.’
      • ‘He could sleep on the couch, by morning he'll be good as new.’
      • ‘I reckon I'll be as good as new the day after tomorrow.’
      • ‘Beyond a few bumps and bruises, you should be good as new after a few days of rest.’
      • ‘We're just glad the fireman got him out and he seems good as new now.’
      • ‘Anyway, I called the school, told them you had the twenty-four hour flu and would be in tomorrow good as new.’
      • ‘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.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Good Book finds new niches: specialty editions of the bible for African Americans and youth are reaping rewards for publishers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Like the Good Book says, ‘Seek, and ye shall find’ - Matthew 7:7.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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

    • 1Having a beneficial effect on.

      ‘smoking is not good for the lungs’
      • ‘In fact, most firms welcomed the benefit of certainty, and it was very good for cash flow.’
      • ‘It's the season of excess, when we're all going to end up eating and drinking more than is good for us.’
      • ‘It may not have been the most exciting diet but, by golly, it was good for you.’
      • ‘She has also been ever so good for Bill, cooking for him and doing his washing.’
      • ‘Games like this are not only good for children, but adults can benefit greatly from them as well.’
      • ‘The body does not care if that excess energy came from food that is good for you or from junk food.’
      • ‘It is great to be recognised outside the country and of course it is good for business.’
      • ‘That will be good for the club and good for the players, who will continue to develop under Mowbray.’
      • ‘He wanted to show everyone that he had made a good choice and that was really good for the team.’
      • ‘It's odd that having invested so much in the club he seems to have so little awareness of what is good for the team.’
    • 2Reliably providing.

      ‘they found him 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.’
      • ‘There are these incidents of air-rage, which the papers seem to think are good for a laugh.’
      • ‘They always seemed good for a laugh and one couldn't help feel quite protective of them.’
      1. 2.1Sufficient to pay for.
        ‘his money was good for a bottle of whiskey’
  • good for you (or him, her, etc.)!

    • Used as an exclamation of approval toward a person, especially for something that they have achieved.

      ‘“I'm taking my driving 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!’’
      • ‘If your brother wants to kill Mortals, good for him!’
      • ‘If you are with me to see where I catch my fish, well hey, good on you!’
      • ‘‘Well,’ Margaret then said, tossing the letter aside, ‘good for him!’’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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!’’
  • the good shepherd

    • A name for Jesus.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This typical Roman bucolic subject was, of course, adapted by early Christian artists to portray Christ the Good Shepherd.’
      • ‘Those who hear in his admonitions the voice of the Good Shepherd will accept rebuke with joyful gratitude.’
      • ‘And this way he became one with Christ, the Good Shepherd who loves his sheep.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • good wine needs no bush

    • proverb There's no need to advertise or boast about something of good quality as people will always discover its merits.

      • ‘If it be true that good wine needs no bush, 'tis true that a good play needs no epilogue.’
      • ‘Those that served quality drinks did not have this sign, hence the origin of the saying good wine needs no bush.’
      • ‘Although some local officials appear to believe that good wine needs no bush, the more forward-looking Tourist Bureau is now beginning to target the rest of Europe.’
  • a good word

    • Words in recommendation or defense of a person.

      ‘I hoped you might put in a good word for me with your friends’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘No one I speak to has a good word to say about the council.’
      • ‘The document does, however, pause to put in a good word for lower tax rates.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘These guys were definitely ready to put in a good word for me at the auto parts distributors warehouse where they worked.’
      • ‘He had a good word for everyone and loved meeting up with old friends.’
      • ‘It never seems anybody ever has a good word for him.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I deeply, deeply believe in the enormous significance of their work and put in a good word for them wherever I can.’
  • have a good mind to do something

  • in someone's good books

  • in good time

    • 1With no risk of being late.

      ‘I arrived in good time’
      • ‘Registration is required and participants should arrive in good time to enter.’
      • ‘Participants are encouraged to arrive in good time for what promises to be a very interesting presentation.’
      • ‘I arrived at Montpellier airport in good time and met my girlfriend who had come to pick me up.’
      • ‘The wake would be conducted for the first night, and the following evening the hearse would arrive at the house in good time.’
      • ‘Grace and John arrived at El Bistro in good time.’
      • ‘Notes can be posted, provided they arrive in good time for the event being publicised.’
      • ‘I arrive at Heathrow in good time, secure a window seat and descend into the Mecca that is duty free shopping.’
      • ‘I make my way in good time, and arrive at the indicated address about 20 minutes early.’
      • ‘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.’
      on time
      early, with time to spare, ahead of time, before the appointed time, ahead of schedule
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    • 2In due course but without haste.

      ‘you shall have a puppy all in good time’
      • ‘I'm afraid I haven't had much time to renovate but 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!’
      • ‘We'll discuss property masks in detail, but all in good time.’
      • ‘‘All in good time, love, all in good time,’ Brandon said confidently.’
      • ‘I want to hear more, preferably better recorded, all in good time no doubt.’
      • ‘‘Patience, in good time,’ cried the caller to the gathering, most of whom were a little drunk and had no time for patience.’
      • ‘I was only nine years old - I didn't understand that everything would come all in good time.’
      • ‘But I promise you'll understand it 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.’
      • ‘There is the opportunity to do fun stuff, but all in good time: my job, to play football, is the most important thing.’
  • make good

    • Be successful.

      ‘a college friend who made good in Hollywood’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Let us hope that our emigrant arrived safely and made good in the new world.’
      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
      prosper, flourish, thrive, advance
      set the thames on fire
      make it, make the grade, cut it, crack it, make a name for oneself, make one's mark, get somewhere, arrive, do all right for oneself, bring home the bacon, find a place in the sun
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  • make something good

    • 1Compensate for loss, damage, or expense.

      ‘if I scratched the table, I'd make good the damage’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘These early losses were made good through new building and captured Axis ships.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      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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    • 2Fulfill a promise or claim.

      ‘I challenged him to make good his boast’
      • ‘Mr Rubin submitted that tracing was unnecessary to make this claim 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.’
      • ‘Now they are under strong pressure to make their promises good.’
      • ‘Papal claims waited only on a strong leader to make them good.’
      • ‘Only two things could keep Uncle Sam from making good on this pledge to retirees.’
      • ‘Julie has low expectations when it comes to politicians making good on election promises.’
      • ‘I think it is a marvelous idea and they have my loyalty for making good on promises so far.’
      fulfil, carry out, carry through, implement, execute, effect, discharge, perform, honour, redeem
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  • one good turn deserves another

    • If someone does you a favor, you should take the chance to repay it.

      • ‘‘As I see it,’ the woman said, ‘one good turn deserves another.’’
      • ‘His eyes hardened, ‘Well, I guess one good turn deserves another.’’
      • ‘She stabbed him a season or two back and one good turn deserves another.’
  • put a good face on something

  • take something in good part

    • Not be offended by something.

      ‘he took her abruptness in good part’
      • ‘Some took it in good part, while others found it less easy to shrug off.’
      • ‘They took it in good part and proceeded to show me aikido's ‘unbendable arm.’’
      • ‘The French are increasingly seen as favourites to win the whole damn thing and they are taking it in good part.’
  • up to no good

    • Doing something wrong.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘This doesn't mean that all truants are up to no good: some are avoiding school to avoid confronting more deep-seated problems.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The area is covered by a Dispersal Order, which enables officers to move gangs on they suspect are 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.’
      • ‘They think I'm in a gang, I'm a bad boy or someone who's up to no good.’
      • ‘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.’


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