well  (PHRASES)
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1 You use as well when mentioning something which happens in the same way as something else already mentioned, or which should be considered at the same time as that thing.
as well phrase cl PHR
It is most often diagnosed in women in their thirties and forties, although I've seen it in many younger women, as well..., `What do you like about it then?'<emdash>`Erm, the history, the shops<endash>people are quite friendly as well.'
2 You use as well as when you want to mention another item connected with the subject you are discussing.
as well as prep-phrase
It is in his best interests as well as yours..., As well as a good academic record I look for people who've climbed mountains or been captain of a team.
3 If you say that something that has happened is just as well, you mean that it is fortunate that it happened in the way it did.
be just as well phrase V inflects, oft it PHR that
Judging from everything you've said, it was just as well she wasn't there.
4 You say it is as well to think or do something when you are advising someone to think in a particular way or to take a particular action.
it is as well to phrase V inflects, PHR inf
It is as well to bear in mind that laughter is a great releaser of tension.
5 If you say that someone would do well to do something, you mean that you advise or recommend that they do it.
would do well to phrase
He would do well to remember that, sooner or later, everyone's luck runs out..., Investors would do well to take a look at the Swiss economy.
6 If you say that something, usually something bad, might as well be true or may as well be true, you mean that the situation is the same or almost the same as if it were true.
may/might as well phrase PHR inf
The couple might as well have been strangers..., We might just as well be in prison for all the quality our lives have at present.
7 If you say that you might as well do something, or that you may as well do it, you mean that you will do it although you do not have a strong desire to do it and may even feel slightly unwilling to do it.
may/might as well phrase usu PHR inf
If I've got to go somewhere I may as well go to Birmingham..., Anyway, you're here; you might as well stay..., I'll come with you if you like. I might as well.
8 If you say that something is all well and good, you are suggesting that it has faults or disadvantages, although it may appear to be correct or reasonable.
all well and good phrase usu v-link PHR, oft PHR for n, PHR to-inf
It's all well and good for him to say he's sorry for dropping you, but has he told you why he did it?
9 You say well and good or all well and good to indicate that you would be pleased if something happens but you are aware that it has some disadvantages.
well and good phrase usu PHR with cl, v-link PHR, it v-link PHR to-inf/-ing
If they arrive before I leave, well and good. If not, the responsibility will be mine..., This is all well and good, but we have to look at the situation in the long term.
10 If you say that something is well and truly finished, gone, or done, you are emphasizing that it is completely finished or gone, or thoroughly done.
well and truly phrase PHR group (emphasis)
The war is well and truly over.
all very well
to know full well
to mean well