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good

[goo d] /gʊd/
adjective, better, best.
1.
morally excellent; virtuous; righteous; pious:
a good man.
2.
satisfactory in quality, quantity, or degree:
a good teacher; good health.
3.
of high quality; excellent.
4.
right; proper; fit:
It is good that you are here. His credentials are good.
5.
well-behaved:
a good child.
6.
kind, beneficent, or friendly:
to do a good deed.
7.
honorable or worthy; in good standing:
a good name.
8.
educated and refined:
She has a good background.
9.
financially sound or safe:
His credit is good.
10.
genuine; not counterfeit:
a good quarter.
11.
sound or valid:
good judgment; good reasons.
12.
reliable; dependable; responsible:
good advice.
13.
healthful; beneficial:
Fresh fruit is good for you.
14.
in excellent condition; healthy:
good teeth.
15.
not spoiled or tainted; edible; palatable:
The meat was still good after three months in the freezer.
16.
favorable; propitious:
good news.
17.
cheerful; optimistic; amiable:
in good spirits.
18.
free of distress or pain; comfortable:
to feel good after surgery.
19.
agreeable; pleasant:
Have a good time.
20.
attractive; handsome:
She has a good figure.
21.
(of the complexion) smooth; free from blemish.
22.
close or intimate; warm:
She's a good friend of mine.
23.
sufficient or ample:
a good supply.
24.
advantageous; satisfactory for the purpose:
a good day for fishing.
25.
competent or skillful; clever:
a good manager; good at arithmetic.
26.
skillfully or expertly done:
a really good job; a good play.
27.
conforming to rules of grammar, usage, etc.; correct:
good English.
28.
socially proper:
good manners.
29.
remaining available to one:
Don't throw good money after bad.
30.
comparatively new or of relatively fine quality:
Don't play in the mud in your good clothes.
31.
finest or most dressy:
He wore his good suit to the office today.
32.
full:
a good day's journey away.
33.
fairly large or great:
a good amount.
34.
free from precipitation or cloudiness:
good weather.
35.
Medicine/Medical. (of a patient's condition) having stable and normal vital signs, being conscious and comfortable, and having excellent appetite, mobility, etc.
36.
fertile; rich:
good soil.
37.
loyal:
a good Democrat.
38.
(of a return or service in tennis, squash, handball, etc.) landing within the limits of a court or section of a court.
39.
Horse Racing. (of the surface of a track) drying after a rain so as to be still slightly sticky:
This horse runs best on a good track.
40.
(of meat, especially beef) noting or pertaining to the specific grade below “choice,” containing more lean muscle and less edible fat than “prime” or “choice.”.
41.
favorably regarded (used as an epithet for a ship, town, etc.): the good ship Syrena.
noun
42.
profit or advantage; worth; benefit: What good will that do?
We shall work for the common good.
43.
excellence or merit; kindness:
to do good.
44.
moral righteousness; virtue:
to be a power for good.
45.
(especially in the grading of U.S. beef) an official grade below that of “choice.”.
46.
goods.
  1. possessions, especially movable effects or personal property.
  2. articles of trade; wares; merchandise:
    canned goods.
  3. Informal. what has been promised or is expected:
    to deliver the goods.
  4. Informal. the genuine article.
  5. Informal. evidence of guilt, as stolen articles:
    to catch someone with the goods.
  6. cloth or textile material:
    top-quality linen goods.
  7. Chiefly British. merchandise sent by land, rather than by water or air.
47.
the good.
  1. the ideal of goodness or morality.
  2. good things or persons collectively.
interjection
48.
(used as an expression of approval or satisfaction):
Good! Now we can all go home.
adverb
49.
Informal. well1 (defs 1-3, 8): I wish I could cook this good!
Yes, we knew him pretty good.
Idioms
50.
as good as. as1 (def 20).
51.
come to no good, to end in failure or as a failure:
Her jealous relatives said that she would come to no good.
52.
for good, finally and permanently; forever:
to leave the country for good.
Also, for good and all.
53.
good and, Informal. very; completely; exceedingly:
This soup is good and hot.
54.
good for,
  1. certain to repay (money owed) because of integrity, financial stability, etc.
  2. the equivalent in value of:
    Two thousand stamps are good for one coffeepot.
  3. able to survive or continue functioning for (the length of time or the distance indicated):
    These tires are good for another 10,000 miles.
  4. valid or in effect for (the length of time indicated):
    a license good for one year.
  5. (used as an expression of approval):
    Good for you!
55.
good full, Nautical. (of a sail or sails) well filled, especially when sailing close to the wind; clean full; rap full.
56.
make good,
  1. to make recompense for; repay.
  2. to implement an agreement; fulfill.
  3. to be successful.
  4. to substantiate; verify.
  5. to carry out; accomplish; execute:
    The convicts made good their getaway.
57.
no good, without value or merit; worthless; contemptible:
The check was no good.
58.
to the good,
  1. generally advantageous:
    That's all to the good, but what do I get out of it?
  2. richer in profit or gain:
    When he withdrew from the partnership, he was several thousand dollars to the good.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English (adj., adv., and noun); Old English gōd (adj.); cognate with Dutch goed, German gut, Old Norse gōthr, Gothic goths
Related forms
quasi-good, adjective
Can be confused
good, well (see usage note at the current entry)
Synonyms
1. pure, moral, conscientious, meritorious, worthy, exemplary, upright. 2. commendable, admirable. 5. obedient, heedful. 6. kindly, benevolent, humane, gracious, obliging. 23. full, adequate. 24. profitable, useful, serviceable, beneficial. 25. efficient, proficient, capable, able, ready, suited, suitable, dexterous, expert, adroit, apt. 46. See property.
Usage note
Good is common as an adverb in informal speech, especially after forms of do: He did good on the test. She sees good with her new glasses. This use does not occur in formal speech or edited writing, where the adverb well is used instead: He did well on the test. She sees well with her new glasses.
The adjective good is standard after linking verbs like taste, smell, look, feel, be, and seem: Everything tastes good. The biscuits smell good. You're looking good today. When used after look or feel, good may refer to spirits as well as health: I'm feeling pretty good this morning, ready to take on the world. Well is both an adjective and an adverb. As an adjective used after look, feel, or other linking verbs, it often refers to good health: You're looking well; we missed you while you were in the hospital. See also bad.

make1

[meyk] /meɪk/
verb (used with object), made, making.
1.
to bring into existence by shaping or changing material, combining parts, etc.:
to make a dress; to make a channel; to make a work of art.
2.
to produce; cause to exist or happen; bring about:
to make trouble; to make war.
3.
to cause to be or become; render:
to make someone happy.
4.
to appoint or name:
The president made her his special envoy.
5.
to put in the proper condition or state, as for use; fix; prepare:
to make a bed; to make dinner.
6.
to bring into a certain form:
to make bricks out of clay.
7.
to convert from one state, condition, category, etc., to another:
to make a virtue of one's vices.
8.
to cause, induce, or compel:
to make a horse jump a barrier.
9.
to give rise to; occasion:
It's not worth making a fuss over such a trifle.
10.
to produce, earn, or win for oneself:
to make a good salary; to make one's fortune in oil.
11.
to write or compose:
to make a short poem for the occasion.
12.
to draw up, as a legal document; draft:
to make a will.
13.
to do; effect:
to make a bargain.
14.
to establish or enact; put into existence:
to make laws.
15.
to become by development; prove to be:
You'll make a good lawyer.
16.
to form in the mind, as a judgment or estimate:
to make a decision.
17.
to judge or interpret, as to the truth, nature, meaning, etc. (often followed by of):
What do you make of it?
18.
to estimate; reckon:
to make the distance at ten miles.
19.
to bring together separate parts so as to produce a whole; compose; form:
to make a matched set.
20.
to amount to; bring up the total to:
Two plus two makes four. That makes an even dozen.
21.
to serve as:
to make good reading.
22.
to be sufficient to constitute:
One story does not make a writer.
23.
to be adequate or suitable for:
This wool will make a warm sweater.
24.
to assure the success or fortune of:
a deal that could make or break him; Seeing her made my day.
25.
to deliver, utter, or put forth:
to make a stirring speech.
26.
to go or travel at a particular speed:
to make 60 miles an hour.
27.
to arrive at or reach; attain:
The ship made port on Friday. Do you think he'll make 80?
28.
to arrive in time for:
to make the first show.
29.
to arrive in time to be a passenger on (a plane, boat, bus, train, etc.):
If you hurry, you can make the next flight.
30.
Informal. to gain or acquire a position within:
He made the big time.
31.
to receive mention or appear in or on:
The robbery made the front page.
32.
to gain recognition or honor by winning a place or being chosen for inclusion in or on:
The novel made the bestseller list. He made the all-American team three years in a row.
33.
Slang. to have sexual intercourse with.
34.
Cards.
  1. to name (the trump).
  2. to take a trick with (a card).
  3. Bridge. to fulfill or achieve (a contract or bid).
  4. to shuffle (the cards).
35.
to earn, as a score:
The team made 40 points in the first half.
36.
Slang.
  1. to recognize or identify:
    Any cop in town will make you as soon as you walk down the street.
  2. to charge or cause to be charged with a crime:
    The police expect to make a couple of suspects soon.
37.
to close (an electric circuit).
38.
South Midland and Southern U.S. to plant and cultivate or produce (a crop):
He makes some of the best corn in the country.
verb (used without object), made, making.
39.
to cause oneself, or something understood, to be as specified:
to make sure.
40.
to show oneself to be or seem in action or behavior (usually followed by an adjective):
to make merry.
41.
to be made, as specified:
This fabric makes up into beautiful drapes.
42.
to move or proceed in a particular direction:
They made after the thief.
43.
to rise, as the tide or water in a ship.
44.
South Midland and Southern U.S. (of a crop) to grow, develop, or mature:
It looks like the corn's going to make pretty good this year.
45.
make down, Chiefly Pennsylvania German. to rain or snow:
It's making down hard.
46.
make fast, Chiefly Nautical. to fasten or secure.
47.
make shut, Chiefly Pennsylvania German. to close:
Make the door shut.
noun
48.
the style or manner in which something is made; form; build.
49.
production with reference to the manufacturer; brand:
our own make.
50.
disposition; character; nature.
51.
the act or process of making.
52.
quantity made; output.
53.
Cards. the act of naming the trump, or the suit named as trump.
54.
Electricity. the closing of an electric circuit.
55.
Jewelry. the excellence of a polished diamond with regard to proportion, symmetry, and finish.
56.
Slang. identifying information about a person or thing from police records:
He radioed headquarters for a make on the car's license plate.
Verb phrases
57.
make out,
  1. to write out or complete, as a bill or check.
  2. to establish; prove.
  3. to decipher; discern.
  4. to imply, suggest, or impute:
    He made me out to be a liar.
  5. to manage; succeed:
    How are you making out in your new job?
  6. Slang. to engage in kissing and caressing; neck.
  7. Slang. to have sexual intercourse.
  8. Chiefly Pennsylvania German. to turn off or extinguish (especially a light or fire):
    Make the light out.
58.
make over,
  1. to remodel; alter:
    to make over a dress; to make over a page layout.
  2. to transfer the title of (property); convey:
    After she retired she made over her property to her children and moved to Florida.
59.
make for,
  1. to go toward; approach:
    to make for home.
  2. to lunge at; attack.
  3. to help to promote or maintain:
    This incident will not make for better understanding between the warring factions.
60.
make off,
  1. to run away; depart hastily:
    The only witness to the accident made off before the police arrived.
  2. Nautical. to stand off from a coast, especially a lee shore.
61.
make off with, to carry away; steal:
While the family was away, thieves made off with most of their valuables.
62.
make on, Chiefly Pennsylvania German. to turn on, light, or ignite (especially a light or fire):
Make the light on.
63.
make up,
  1. (of parts) to constitute; compose; form.
  2. to put together; construct; compile.
  3. to concoct; invent.
  4. Also, make up for. to compensate for; make good.
  5. to complete.
  6. to put in order; arrange:
    The maid will make up the room.
  7. to conclude; decide.
  8. to settle amicably, as differences.
  9. to become reconciled, as after a quarrel.
  10. Printing. to arrange set type, illustrations, etc., into columns or pages.
  11. to dress in appropriate costume and apply cosmetics for a part on the stage.
  12. to apply cosmetics.
  13. to adjust or balance, as accounts; prepare, as statements.
  14. Education. to repeat (a course or examination that one has failed).
  15. Education. to take an examination that one had been unable to take when first given, usually because of absence.
  16. to specify and indicate the layout or arrangement of (columns, pages, etc., of matter to be printed).
  17. Atlantic States. (of the weather or clouds) to develop or gather:
    It's making up for a storm.
  18. Atlantic States. (of the sea) to become turbulent:
    If the sea makes up, row toward land.
64.
make up to,
  1. Informal. to try to become friendly with; fawn on.
  2. to make advances to; flirt with:
    He makes up to every new woman in the office.
Idioms
65.
make a play for, to try to get:
He made a play for his brother's girlfriend. They made a play for control of the company's stock.
66.
make as if / as though, Informal. to act as if; pretend:
We will make as if to leave, then come back and surprise him.
67.
make away with,
  1. to steal:
    The clerk made away with the cash and checks.
  2. to destroy; kill:
    He made away with his enemies.
  3. to get rid of.
  4. to consume, drink, or eat completely:
    The boys made away with the contents of the refrigerator.
68.
make believe, to pretend; imagine:
The little girl dressed in a sheet and made believe she was a ghost.
69.
make (so) bold, to have the temerity; be so rash; dare:
May I make so bold as to suggest that you stand when they enter?
70.
make book, Slang.
  1. to take bets and give odds.
  2. to make a business of this.
71.
make colors, Nautical. to hoist an ensign, as on board a warship.
72.
make do, to function, manage, or operate, usually on a deprivation level with minimal requirements:
During the war we had no butter or coffee, so we had to make do without them.
73.
make good,
  1. to provide restitution or reparation for:
    The bank teller made good the shortage and was given a light sentence.
  2. to succeed:
    Talent and training are necessary to make good in some fields.
  3. to fulfill:
    He made good on his promise.
  4. Navigation. to compute (a course) allowing for leeway and compass deviation.
74.
make heavy weather,
  1. Nautical. to roll and pitch in heavy seas.
  2. to progress laboriously; struggle, especially to struggle needlessly:
    I am making heavy weather with my income tax return.
75.
make it,
  1. Informal. to achieve a specific goal:
    to make it to the train; to make it through college.
  2. Informal. to succeed in general:
    He'll never make it in business.
  3. Slang. to have sexual intercourse.
76.
make it so, Nautical. strike the ship's bell accordingly: said by the officer of the watch when the hour is announced.
77.
make like, Informal. to try or pretend to be like; imitate:
I'm going to go out and make like a gardener.
78.
make one's manners, Southern U.S.
  1. to perform an appropriate or expected social courtesy.
  2. Older Use. to bow or curtsy.
79.
make sail, Nautical.
  1. to set sails.
  2. to brace the yards of a ship that has been hove to in order to make headway.
80.
make time. time (def 52).
81.
make water,
  1. to urinate.
  2. Nautical. (of a hull) to leak.
82.
make with, Slang.
  1. to operate; use:
    Let's make with the feet.
  2. to bring about; provide or produce:
    He makes with the big ideas, but can't follow through.
83.
on the make, Informal.
  1. seeking to improve one's social or financial position, usually at the expense of others or of principle.
  2. increasing; advancing.
  3. Slang. seeking amorous or sexual relations:
    The park was swarming with sailors on the make.
84.
put the make on, Slang. to make sexual overtures to.
Origin
before 900; Middle English maken, Old English macian; cognate with Low German, Dutch maken, German machen
Related forms
makable, adjective
Synonyms
1. form; build; produce; fabricate, create, fashion, mold. Make, construct, manufacture mean to produce, to put into definite form, or to put parts together to make a whole. Make is the general term: Bees make wax. Construct, more formal, means to put parts together, usually according to a plan or design: to construct a building. Manufacture usually refers to producing something from material that requires conversion from one state or condition to another, now almost entirely by means of machinery in a relatively complex process: to manufacture automobiles by the assembly of different parts. The term is also often used contemptuously of unimaginative or hackneyed works of art with the implication that the work was produced mechanically, and is used abstractly with the idea of denying genuineness: to manufacture an excuse. 7. transform, change, turn. 8. force. 10. get, gain, acquire, obtain, secure, procure. 13. perform, execute. 18. judge, gauge. 48. shape, structure, construction, constitution.
Antonyms
1. destroy.
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British Dictionary definitions for make good

good

/ɡʊd/
adjective better, best
1.
having admirable, pleasing, superior, or positive qualities; not negative, bad or mediocre: a good idea, a good teacher
2.
  1. morally excellent or admirable; virtuous; righteous: a good man
  2. (as collective noun; preceded by the): the good
3.
suitable or efficient for a purpose: a good secretary, a good winter coat
4.
beneficial or advantageous: vegetables are good for you
5.
not ruined or decayed; sound or whole: the meat is still good
6.
kindly, generous, or approving: you are good to him
7.
right or acceptable: your qualifications are good for the job
8.
rich and fertile: good land
9.
valid or genuine: I would not do this without good reason
10.
honourable or held in high esteem: a good family
11.
commercially or financially secure, sound, or safe: good securities, a good investment
12.
(of a draft) drawn for a stated sum
13.
(of debts) expected to be fully paid
14.
clever, competent, or talented: he's good at science
15.
obedient or well-behaved: a good dog
16.
reliable, safe, or recommended: a good make of clothes
17.
affording material pleasure or indulgence: the good things in life, the good life
18.
having a well-proportioned, beautiful, or generally fine appearance: a good figure, a good complexion
19.
complete; full: I took a good look round the house
20.
propitious; opportune: a good time to ask the manager for a rise
21.
satisfying or gratifying: a good rest
22.
comfortable: did you have a good night?
23.
newest or of the best quality: to keep the good plates for important guests
24.
fairly large, extensive, or long: a good distance away
25.
sufficient; ample: we have a good supply of food
26.
(US) (of meat) of the third government grade, above standard and below choice
27.
serious or intellectual: good music
28.
used in a traditional description: the good ship ``America''
29.
used in polite or patronizing phrases or to express anger (often intended ironically): how is your good lady?, look here, my good man!
30.
a good one
  1. an unbelievable assertion
  2. a very funny joke
31.
as good as, virtually; practically: it's as good as finished
32.
as good as gold, excellent; very good indeed
33.
be as good as to, be so good as to, would you please
34.
come good, to recover and perform well after a bad start or setback
35.
(informal) good and, (intensifier): good and mad
36.
(intensifier; used in mild oaths): good grief!, good heavens!
interjection
37.
an exclamation of approval, agreement, pleasure, etc
noun
38.
moral or material advantage or use; benefit or profit: for the good of our workers, what is the good of worrying?
39.
positive moral qualities; goodness; virtue; righteousness; piety
40.
(sometimes capital) moral qualities seen as a single abstract entity: we must pursue the Good
41.
a good thing
42.
(economics) a commodity or service that satisfies a human need
43.
for good, for good and all, forever; permanently: I have left them for good
44.
make good
  1. to recompense or repair damage or injury
  2. to be successful
  3. to demonstrate or prove the truth of (a statement or accusation)
  4. to secure and retain (a position)
  5. to effect or fulfil (something intended or promised)
45.
good on you, good for you, well done, well said, etc: a term of congratulation
46.
(Irish) get any good of, get some good of
  1. to handle to good effect: I never got any good of this machine
  2. to understand properly: I could never get any good of him
  3. to receive cooperation from
See also goods
Derived Forms
goodish, adjective
Word Origin
Old English gōd; related to Old Norse gōthr, Old High German guot good

make1

/meɪk/
verb (mainly transitive) makes, making, made
1.
to bring into being by shaping, changing, or combining materials, ideas, etc; form or fashion; create: to make a chair from bits of wood, make a poem
2.
to draw up, establish, or form: to make a decision, make one's will
3.
to cause to exist, bring about, or produce: don't make a noise
4.
to cause, compel, or induce: please make him go away
5.
to appoint or assign, as to a rank or position: they made him chairman
6.
to constitute: one swallow doesn't make a summer
7.
(also intransitive) to come or cause to come into a specified state or condition: to make merry, make someone happy
8.
(copula) to be or become through development: he will make a good teacher
9.
to cause or ensure the success of: your news has made my day
10.
to amount to: twelve inches make a foot
11.
to be part of or a member of: did she make one of the party?
12.
to serve as or be suitable for: that piece of cloth will make a coat
13.
to prepare or put into a fit condition for use: to make a bed
14.
to be the essential element in or part of: charm makes a good salesman
15.
to carry out, effect, or do: to make a gesture
16.
(intransitive; foll by to, as if to, or as though to) to act with the intention or with a show of doing something: they made to go out, he made as if to hit her
17.
to use for a specified purpose: I will make this town my base
18.
to deliver or pronounce: to make a speech
19.
to judge, reckon, or give one's own opinion or information as to: what time do you make it?
20.
to cause to seem or represent as being: that furniture makes the room look dark
21.
to earn, acquire, or win for oneself: to make friends, make a fortune
22.
to engage in: make love not war
23.
to traverse or cover (distance) by travelling: we can make a hundred miles by nightfall
24.
to arrive in time for: he didn't make the first act of the play
25.
(cards)
  1. to win a trick with (a specified card)
  2. to shuffle (the cards)
  3. (bridge) to fulfil (a contract) by winning the necessary number of tricks
26.
(cricket) to score (runs)
27.
(electronics) to close (a circuit) permitting a flow of current Compare break (sense 44)
28.
(intransitive) to increase in depth: the water in the hold was making a foot a minute
29.
(intransitive) (of hay) to dry and mature
30.
(informal) to gain a place or position on or in: to make the headlines, make the first team
31.
(informal) to achieve the rank of
32.
(slang) to seduce
33.
make a book, to take bets on a race or other contest
34.
make a day of it, to cause an activity to last a day
35.
make a night of it, to cause an activity to last a night
36.
make do, See do1 (sense 37)
37.
make eyes at, to flirt with or ogle
38.
make good, See good (sense 44)
39.
(nautical) make heavy weather, to roll and pitch in heavy seas
40.
(informal) make heavy weather of something, to carry something out with great difficulty or unnecessarily great effort
41.
make it
  1. (informal) to be successful in doing something
  2. (foll by with) (slang) to have sexual intercourse
  3. (slang) to inject a narcotic drug
42.
(slang, mainly US & Canadian) make like, to imitate
43.
make love
  1. to have sexual intercourse
  2. (archaic) to engage in courtship
44.
make love to someone
  1. to have sexual intercourse with someone
  2. (archaic) to engage in courtship with someone
45.
make or break, to bring success or ruin
46.
make time, See time (sense 45)
47.
make water
  1. another term for urinate
  2. (of a boat, hull, etc) to let in water
noun
48.
brand, type, or style: what make of car is that?
49.
the manner or way in which something is made
50.
disposition or character; make-up
51.
the act or process of making
52.
the amount or number made
53.
(bridge) the contract to be played
54.
(cards) a player's turn to shuffle
55.
on the make
  1. (informal) out for profit or conquest
  2. (slang) in search of a sexual partner
Derived Forms
makable, adjective
Word Origin
Old English macian; related to Old Frisian makia to construct, Dutch maken, German machen to make

make2

/meɪk/
noun (archaic)
1.
a peer or consort
2.
a mate or spouse
Derived Forms
makeless, adjective
Word Origin
Old English gemaca mate; related to match1
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Word Origin and History for make good

make

v.

Old English macian "to make, form, construct, do; prepare, arrange, cause; behave, fare, transform," from West Germanic *makon "to fashion, fit" (cf. Old Saxon makon, Old Frisian makia "to build, make," Middle Dutch and Dutch maken, Old High German mahhon "to construct, make," German machen "to make"), from PIE *mag- "to knead, mix; to fashion, fit" (see macerate). If so, sense evolution perhaps is via prehistoric houses built of mud. Gradually replaced the main Old English word, gewyrcan (see work (v.)).

Meaning "to arrive at" (a place), first attested 1620s, originally was nautical. Formerly used in many places where specific verbs now are used, e.g. to make Latin (c.1500) "to write Latin compositions." This broader usage survives in some phrases, e.g. to make water "to urinate," to make a book "arrange a series of bets" (1828), make hay "to turn over mown grass to expose it to sun." Make the grade is 1912, perhaps from the notion of railway engines going up an incline.

Read the valuable suggestions in Dr. C.V. Mosby's book -- be prepared to surmount obstacles before you encounter them -- equipped with the power to "make the grade" in life's climb. [advertisement for "Making the Grade," December 1916]
But the phrase also was in use in a schoolwork context at the time. Make do "manage with what is available" is attested from 1867. Make time "go fast" is 1849; make tracks in this sense is from 1834. To make a federal case out of (something) popularized in 1959 movie "Anatomy of a Murder;" to make an offer (one) can't refuse is from Mario Puzo's 1969 novel "The Godfather." To make (one's) day is from 1909; menacing make my day is from 1971, popularized by Clint Eastwood in film "Sudden Impact" (1983). Related: Made; making.

n.

"match, mate, companion" (now archaic or dialectal), from Old English gemaca "mate, equal; one of a pair, comrade; consort, husband, wife," from Proto-Germanic *gamakon-, related to Old English gemæcc "well-matched, suitable," macian "to make" (see make (v.)). Meaning "manner in which something is made, design, construction" is from c.1300. Phrase on the make "intent on profit or advancement" is from 1869.

good

adj.

Old English god (with a long "o") "virtuous; desirable; valid; considerable," probably originally "having the right or desirable quality," from Proto-Germanic *gothaz (cf. Old Norse goðr, Dutch goed, Old High German guot, German gut, Gothic goþs), originally "fit, adequate, belonging together," from PIE root *ghedh- "to unite, be associated, suitable" (cf. Old Church Slavonic godu "pleasing time," Russian godnyi "fit, suitable," Old English gædrian "to gather, to take up together"). As an expression of satisfaction, from early 15c.; of children, "well-behaved," by 1690s.

Irregular comparatives (better, best) reflect a widespread pattern, cf. Latin bonus, melior, optimus. Good-for-nothing is from 1711. Good looking is attested from 1780 (good looks by c.1800). Good sport, of persons, is from 1906; good to go is attested from 1989. The good book "the Bible" attested from 1801, originally in missionary literature describing the language of conversion efforts in American Indian tribes.

Why then, can one desire too much of a good thing. ["As You Like It"]

n.

Old English gōd "that which is good, goodness; advantage, benefit; gift; virtue; property;" from good (adj.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for make good

make good

verb phrase

To succeed; do what one set out to do in career or life (1899+)


make

noun
  1. Positive identification: The woman gave us a make on the guy who slugged her
  2. A person regarded merely as a sex partner; lay: an easy make (1918+)
verb
  1. To rob; steal; heist (1700+ Underworld)
  2. To recognize or identify; make an identification: The dealer-suspect ''made'' (i e, correctly identified) one of the staked-out 53 cars/ He made me the minute he saw me (1906+ Underworld & police)
  3. To understand; grasp; dig: I don't make you, kid. What did the boy do? (1912+)
  4. o bring fame, success, wealth, etc: That one show made her (1460+)
  5. To do the sex act with; lay, screw: Not only is the King in love with me, but the Queen tried to make me too/ in the sense of ''making'' handsome men (1918+)
  6. To arrive at; hit: We'll never make Padanaram before dark (1624+)
  7. To defecate; dump, shit (1950s+)
  8. To initiate one into the Mafia: The purpose of a particular meeting had been to make us ''to incorporate individuals as new members of the family'' (1960s+)
  9. also make up)To shuffle playing cards: Peter made the cards and handed them to Stern to deal
Related Terms

easy make, on the make, on the take, put the make on someone, run a make


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Idioms and Phrases with make good

make good

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Carry out successfully, make sure of, as in He made good his escape. This usage was first recorded in 1606.
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Fulfill, as in She made good her promise. This usage was first recorded in Miles Coverdale's 1535 translation of the Bible (II Chronicles 6:16): “Make good unto my father, David ... that which thou hast promised him.”
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Compensate for, make up for, as in They made good the loss. This usage first appeared in William Langland's Piers Ploughman (1377).
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Succeed, as in He made good as a writer. [ c. 1900 ]

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