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good turn

a helpful and friendly act; good deed; favour
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  • We put our pilot on board this ship, which was doing a good turn all round.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • Somewhere, and she knew where, there was a good turn standing to her credit.

    Pee-wee Harris Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • "Maybe I'll be havin' the chance to do 'em a good turn some day," she said.

    The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys Gulielma Zollinger
  • "You look so happy it's easy to see your father's taken a good turn," he told her.

    Alice Adams Booth Tarkington
  • He said a man had done him a good turn in Cooktown, and he had promised him the shells.

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • You wouldn't of done me a good turn that night, if you hadn't been O.K. Will you have a drink of your own?

    The Vagrant Duke George Gibbs
  • I want to do you a good turn by getting away from here—away from you for ever.

    The White Lie William Le Queux
  • As usual, he set about to do a good turn where it was most needed.

  • One of his obligations is to do a good turn every day to some one.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
  • The knot is to remind the scout to do a good turn to someone daily.

    Boy Scouts Handbook Boy Scouts of America
Idioms and Phrases with good turn

good turn

A favor, an act of good will, as in Pat did her a good turn by calling in a second surgeon. [ First half of 1400s ]
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