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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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puritan, Victorian, goody-goody, prig, prissy, prude, prudish, upright, straight-laced

Nearby words

goodwilly, goodwin sands, goodwood, goody, goody two shoes, goody two-shoes, goody-goody, goodyear, goodyear, charles, gooey, goof
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