Definition of good in English:
adjective (better /ˈbetər/, best /best/)
- This side have a good hunger and they've got desire and they are good qualities to have.
- Perhaps Edinburgh people are more confident of having good jobs and money in the future.
- She was given the task of bringing me up and instilling reasonably good values in me.
- Everything fell into place for us once the game began and the good start was very welcome.
- Any action is welcome and a good sign that Government is taking the problem seriously.
- 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 series received rotten reviews, then good ones, and the viewing figures blossomed.
- As an unknown first-time author, to get such a good review was a dream come true.
- While the reviews have been good, some critics have said the work has the hallmarks of a first draft.
- What is really required is a good standard of health care delivered locally.
- A good standard of maths is also required as there is a high mathematical content to the course.
- The school was also commended for its good standard of care and guidance given to children.
- It took us about six months to develop a good code that we all understood.
- September is a good month to do some heavy digging, especially if you have clay soil.
- It is a good month to look around gardens, because June is a time of abundance.
- 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.
- A lot of you have been asking about my background and the reason why my English is good.
- Yet what is said to be good in one religion may not be good in another religion.
- Merton, confused, answered, I guess what I want is to be a good Catholic.
- A good socialist would not have such aspirations.
- Finally, everybody thinks that you are a good person by virtue of your job.
- In the case of the conjoined twins we saw two good moral traditions at work.
- He had, we must suppose, good moral reasons for seeking to pursue that course of action.
- A kind neighbour with a good word for all, Mae was highly thought of by all who knew her.
- Yet the Nevilles have been good to him, generous with their help and advice.
- Evelyn was a grand neighbour and kind friend and her good deeds were many over the years.
- This section of the Code sets out basic rules of good practice that all clubs and individuals must observe.
- A Swindon primary school is needed to help research links between good behaviour and fish oils.
- Council solicitor John Emms has had to remind councillors of the importance of good behaviour.
- The good lady had not realised it was all part of a European Union ruling.
- One day last week my good lady asked me to pick her up from the office at lunchtime, which I did.
- However, if this is true, then who could be better than your good self to emerge victorious from all of this?
- You know how it takes a long, long time to build a good reputation and the flick of an eyelid to lose it?
- Kenneth had acquired a good reputation in the area, and was asked to take on the role, to which he agreed.
- Finally she was forced to pay damages to the women whose good names had been dragged through the mud.
- Men, women and children will enjoy all the good things that come from the beautiful game.
- It is a powerful antidote to despair in bad times and an enhancer of pleasure in good times.
- So, a good end to a good week and an enjoyable first three days in a brand new job.
- As a young man his good looks attracted the starlets and the bright lights of Hollywood.
- In every species, it is the male that dresses up and looks good to attract the females.
- In my view, there are a few rules to looking good - not that I always follow them, of course.
- Susan Deacon is wearing her good suit, which is purple. but it's not for my benefit.
- He packed his shirt, good trousers and bow tie in his satchel and as he did so, he whistled White Christmas.
- So I chucked most of them out, saving a few good shoes to give to someone with a smaller kid.
- Besides, the girl needed to have a good cry, a thorough, good, hard and long cry.
- 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.
- Then he gave himself a good shake, and set to the task of a good clean and groom.
- I think the accusations against him on this kind of thing go back a good ten years at least.
- James Goodwin was at least a good three inches shorter AND was half his size when it came to body weight.
- However, used-car buyers should rejoice in the fact that they at least tried for a good few years.
- This is fed by conventions used in a good many American mainstream films in particular.
- She chose an old white dress she hadn't worn in a good many years, so no one would recognize it.
- Dance in and out, start with a good strong jab and then follow with the power right.
- This weekend is shaping as a very good game and it should be played in front of a good size crowd.
- The goal spurred the home side on, and cheered by a good sized crowd they looked the more likely to score.
- The rooms in The Moorings are generous and bright, while the back garden is a good size.
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- The clean contrasts of the Manichean universe are what we respond to: good versus evil.
- 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.
- Total good should outweigh total evil, it should be a last resort and must have the final aim of peace.
- It is fiscal nonsense not to reap the benefits for the good of their own members.
- The benefits of watching wild animals outweigh any good that might come from killing them.
- It doesn't appear that the mass membership suggested by your article is doing the service much good.
- Instead he is appealing to the better nature of those responsible or anyone who has the goods in their possession now.
- The country has never really exported enough goods to pay the import bills.
- It contended that the advertising ban had a greater effect on imported goods than on those produced in Sweden.
- Trains can transport people and goods faster, more safely and more efficiently than roads.
- Lyneham aircraft transported all kinds of goods and materials to the city.
- Because of our geographical position, it costs more to transport goods to us.
- He had managed to steal it and was under contract to produce the goods.
- It was the spur Kerry were looking for as they produced the goods to soar past Cork.
- And after so many near misses, now would be a good time to produce the goods in a major championship.
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- This technique does seem to work pretty good for me, a little too good sometimes, I think.
- 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.
The ancient root of good probably meant ‘to bring together, unite’ which was also the source of gather (Old English). In 1957 British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan said, ‘Let us be frank about it: most of our people have never had it so good’. ‘You Never Had It So Good’ was the US Democratic Party slogan during the 1952 election campaign. Also in 1952, Kentucky Fried Chicken opened its first outlet, and for many years its slogan has been ‘It's finger-lickin' good’. Good Friday, the Friday before Easter Day, on which Christ was crucified, uses good in the old sense ‘observed as holy’. Our word goodbye (late 16th century) is actually a shortened form of the phrase God be with you. In time good replaced God, in line with phrases such as good morning and goodnight. Sweets and cakes have been goodies since the mid 18th century, and the childish exclamation goody is first recorded not much later. Goody goody gumdrops was the catchphrase of Humphrey Lestocq, the host of the British children's TV show Whirligig in the 1950s.
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 (usage).
all to the good
- To be welcomed without qualification.Example sentences
- 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.
- This is all to the good and, frankly, given our values, one would expect it.
as good as ——
- 2.1Used of a result which will inevitably follow: if we pass on the information, he’s as good as deadMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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 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
- Have some (or none or much) merit: tell me whether that picture is any goodMore example sentences
- 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).
- 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.
- 3.1Be of some (or none or much) help in dealing with a situation: it was no good trying to ward things offMore example sentences
- Arguing with them is no good, especially as that labels you as a member of the opposition party.
- 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.
be good to go informal , chiefly North American
- Be ready or prepared for something: slip on a bright pair of pumps and you’re good to goMore example sentences
- Just give me a couple of more minutes and I'll be 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.
be so good as (or be good enough) to do something
- Used to make a polite request: would you be so good as to answerMore example sentences
- 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.
- I therefore asked the man if he'd be so good as to move the money.
- Perhaps you would be so good as to publish the link as a further comment to the topic.
be —— to the good
- Have a specified net profit or advantage: I came out $7 to the goodMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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.
come up with (or deliver) the goods
- informal Do what is expected or required of one.Example sentences
- I'm a Rangers fan, and the footballer I always expected to come up with the goods in big situations was Ally McCoist.
- 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.
- 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.
- They both ask people to be virtuous, and they both do good to their followers.
- 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.
- 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.
do someone good
- Be beneficial to someone, especially to their health: the walk will do you goodMore example sentences
- 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 walk would also do you good, preferably somewhere like a beach or a big park.
- I thought the walk would do me good, but I forgot about the time entirely.
for good (and all)
- Forever; definitively: the experience almost frightened me away for goodMore example sentences
- 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.
- 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.
get (or have) the goods on
- informal Obtain (or possess) information about (someone) that may be used to their detriment.Example sentences
- He's got the goods on how we all use our computers to goof off and waste time on the job.
- Brass's assigned to pose as a con so he can get the goods on what's happening inside the prison.
- But the Feds didn't have the goods on James, so the charges were dropped.
good and ——
- informal Used as an intensifier before an adjective or adverb: it’ll be good and dark by thenMore example sentences
- 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.
(as) good as gold
(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 newMore example sentences
- We're just glad the fireman got him out and he seems good as new now.
- A few days rest in there and she'll be good as new!
- He could sleep on the couch, by morning he'll be good as new.
the Good Book
- The Bible.Example sentences
- 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.
- The Good Book finds new niches: specialty editions of the bible for African Americans and youth are reaping rewards for publishers.
- 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.
- In fact, most firms welcomed the benefit of certainty, and it was very good for cash flow.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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!”More example sentences
- 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!’
- If you are with me to see where I catch my fish, well hey, good on you!
the Good Shepherd
- A name for Jesus.[with biblical allusion to John 10: 1–16]Example sentences
- 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.
- 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.
good wine needs no bush
- see wine1.
a good word
- Words in recommendation or defense of a person: I hoped you might put in a good word for me with your friendsMore example sentences
- It never seems anybody ever has a good word for him.
- 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.
- Nobody had a good word to say about their departed leader.
have a good mind to do something
- see mind.
in someone's good books
- see book.
in good time
- The wake would be conducted for the first night, and the following evening the hearse would arrive at the house in good time.
- 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.
- Slowly, slowly, and all in good time, of course, as I have my Ph.D to attend to first and foremost!
- There is the opportunity to do fun stuff, but all in good time: my job, to play football, is the most important thing.
- I was only nine years old - I didn't understand that everything would come all in good time.
- Be successful: a college friend who made good in HollywoodMore example sentences
- Let us hope that our emigrant arrived safely and made good in the new world.
- Another example of the underdog making good is the rise and rise of the documentary feature.
- PE makes it good with soccer and football her favourites.
make something good
- 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.
- These early losses were made good through new building and captured Axis ships.
- Now they are under strong pressure to make their promises good.
- 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.
one good turn deserves another
- see turn.
put a good face on something
- see face.
take something in good part
- Not be offended by something: he took her abruptness in good partMore example sentences
- 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.Example sentences
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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