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good turn


  1. a helpful and friendly act; good deed; favour

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Idioms and Phrases

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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Example Sentences

For better is the iniquity of a man, than a woman doing a good turn, and a woman bringing shame and reproach.

I sketched the man—in my desire to do a good turn to Aristide, perhaps in exaggerated colour.

As he went back to the town he laughed to himself as a man does who has done some one a good turn.

All had a good word for poor Ike, too, for there was not one present for whom he had not done a good turn.

"I believe I could forgie ye, for you did me a good turn once, in plucking me out of it," said the Scot.


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Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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