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Have a good thing going

Have matters arranged to one’s benefit or profit. For example, Joe’s got a good thing going with this new franchise . It also may be put as make a good thing of , meaning “make something work to one’s benefit,” as in If we work hard we can make a good thing of this job . The first term dates from the second half of the 1900s, the second from the early 1800s. Also see have going for one


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  • Have a good time

    Enjoy oneself, as in I hope you have a good time at the beach . This idiom, also used as an imperative, dates from 16th-century England, where it was popular until the late 1600s and died out. Samuel Pepys, in a diary entry of March 1, 1666, wrote, “I went and had as good a […]

  • Have a grasp of

    see under get a fix on

  • Have a hard-on for someone

    verb phrase To have antipathy for; hate: He knows I’m a federal cop, so he’s got to figure I got a hard on for Panthers/ couple heavy-duty Cubans worked for the CIA when the CIA had a hard-on for Castro (1970s+)

  • Have a hard time

    see: hard time

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