One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An ostentatiously virtuous or well-behaved person.‘she was such a goody two shoes’
- ‘Dan's brother is such a goody two-shoes, he probably doesn't even know the meaning of the phrase ‘lying through your teeth’.’
- ‘About the only thing Ashcroft is guilty of is being a goody two shoes.’
- ‘His character goes in one scene from an insufferably noble goody two shoes to a mean spirited madman that's so cold blooded that he barely breaks a sweat in the sauna.’
- ‘Being called a goody two-shoes seems to make her act more like one.’
- ‘Archy is the fair country boy and an idealist, though he is not presented as a goody two shoes.’
- ‘Her one stipulation is that any adverts she makes for the brand are not shown in the US or Britain so she can preserve her goody two-shoes, health conscious image in her main market.’
- ‘Put yourself above bitchery at your peril; you'll become a goody two shoes, a smartarse.’
- ‘Which is not to say 1940s and 1950s children were all goody two shoes.’
- ‘But goody two-shoes me, ‘always’ listens to what her mother says.’
- ‘‘No one likes a goody two shoes,’ her room-mate warns, and though she isn't actively dislikable her innocence strains credulity.’
- ‘You want me to be some sweet little goody two-shoes who can't handle herself.’
Mid 18th-century: from the nickname of the heroine of History of Little Goody Two-shoes (1766), a popular children's story in which an orphan girl triumphs over adversity through her unwavering virtue and hard work to become a teacher and marry a rich man, using her newfound wealth to help the poor and do good works.
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