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Good as gold

This expression means very good or very well behaved with the obvious allusion to gold as a precious metal. It is normally applied to children or anim...

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Good egg

see Bad egg


Good for the goose is good for the gander

see What’s good for the goose is good for the gander


Good Friday

Back in the 13th century, the word good used to mean holy as in The Good Book meaning The Holy Bible. Hence, Good Friday is simply Holy Friday.


Good grief

This is yet another example of a minced or euphemised oath. In this instance, it acts as a substitute for good God and dates from c. 1900. See Cor bli...

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Good mind

see Have a good mind to


Good Moaning

The catchphrase of Captain Crabtree, played by Arthur Bostrum, a British spy posing as a French policeman in the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation...

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Good nick

see In good nick


Good riddance to bad rubbish

This expression is usually used when one has got rid of a tiresome problem or person. Shakespeare is credited with coining good riddance in Troilus an...

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Good stick

A good stick is a good, dependable person and this figurative use of stick as applied to people dates from the late 17th century, just as a strong wal...

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Good/bad books

In the early 1500s, ‘one’s books’ could also refer to one’s reckoning or cognisance, hence to be in one’s good books meant to be in favour or well tho...

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Goodbye

Goodbye is a contraction of 'God be with ye' has been in use since the 16th century.


Goodness!/Goodness me!/My goodness!

Mild expletives of surprise, wonderment, or incredulity that date from the early 19th century.


Goodnight Irene

This expression dating from the 1950s is usually used to signify a calamitous end to something or other e.g. if money is lent to someone who never pay...

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Goodnight nurse

This expression was at first just an elaborate way of saying goodnight and originated in America during the First World War. During the war, so many U...

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