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goody two-shoes

Slang definitions & phrases for goody two-shoes

goody two-shoes

modifier

: in spite of its Goody Two-Shoes ecological image

noun phrase

An obviously innocent and virtuous young woman; goody-goody •Most often used mockingly or contemptuously (1766+)

[fr the name of the heroine of a 1760s children's story, probably by Oliver Goldsmith, about a little girl who exulted publicly at the acquisition of a second shoe]


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Idioms and Phrases with goody two-shoes

goody two-shoes

A prudish, self-righteous individual, a goody-goody. For example, Phyllis was a real goody two-shoes, tattling on her friends to the teacher. This expression alludes to the main character of a nursery tale, The History of Goody Two-Shoes (1765), who was so pleased when receiving a second shoe that she kept saying “Two shoes.” The goody in the story is short for goodwife but means “goody-goody” in the idiom.
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