well and good meaning, well and good definition | English Cobuild dictionary



[3]     (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   (=too)  
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.  
  (mainly BRIT)  
well and truly      phrase   PHR group     (emphasis)    The war is well and truly over.     
    all very well  
    to know full well  
    to mean well  
    pretty well  
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  


1    agreeably, capitally, famously     (informal)   happily, in a satisfactory manner, like nobody's business     (informal)   nicely, pleasantly, satisfactorily, smoothly, splendidly, successfully  
2    ably, adeptly, adequately, admirably, conscientiously, correctly, effectively, efficiently, expertly, proficiently, properly, skilfully, with skill  
3    accurately, attentively, carefully, closely  
4    comfortably, flourishingly, prosperously  
5    correctly, easily, fairly, fittingly, in all fairness, justly, properly, readily, rightly, suitably  
6    closely, completely, deeply, fully, intimately, personally, profoundly, thoroughly  
7    approvingly, favourably, glowingly, graciously, highly, kindly, warmly  
8    abundantly, amply, completely, considerably, fully, greatly, heartily, highly, substantially, sufficiently, thoroughly, very much  
9    as well      also, besides, in addition, into the bargain, to boot, too  
10    as well as      along with, at the same time as, in addition to, including, over and above  
11    able-bodied, alive and kicking, fighting fit     (informal)   fit, fit as a fiddle, hale, healthy, hearty, in fine fettle, in good health, robust, sound, strong, up to par  
12    advisable, agreeable, bright, fine, fitting, flourishing, fortunate, good, happy, lucky, pleasing, profitable, proper, prudent, right, satisfactory, thriving, useful  
,       adv   badly, coldly, disapprovingly, gracelessly, ham-fistedly, inadequately, incompetently, incorrectly, ineptly, inexpertly, poorly, slightly, sloppily, somewhat, unfairly, unjustly, unkindly, unskilfully, unsuitably, unsympathetically, vaguely, wrongly  
      adj   ailing, at death's door, below par, feeble, frail, going badly, green about the gills, ill, improper, infirm, poorly, run-down, sick, sickly, under-the-weather, unfitting, unsatisfactory, unsuccessful, unwell, weak, wrong  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
a man of good breeding, well-behaved, courteous, polite who behaves like a gentleman
adv. adj.
looking good; having a look that was obviously well taken care of.
e.g a very well put together woman (adj.) You look well put together (adj.)
having good taste
expression used when nothing is going well
all right; good, OK, satisfactory
be in a good shape
he is a very good seller
disappear ; be absent; leave (temporary or for good)
E.g. "Now, that the parents are out of the picture, we can throw a party". (meaning=Now, that the parents left, that they are no longer here) "James is out of the picture, him and Mary split up"
a feeling of happiness, satisfaction, well-being
E.g: Nothing compares to the warm fuzzies you get when seeing again your old friends.
someone looking very well in the outfit he/she is wearing
[Slang] E.g.: You are a shape in a drape in this dress
get well with someone from the very beginning of the relationship
used when referring to romantic relationship, but also in a larger meaning: He hit it off with his teacher; he will continue taking classes with her.
SEO solution in such a way that the search engines will crawl your website and ranked it well on the top position. SEO is the process of improving the search and quality of visitors to your website for targeted keywords.
economic player that both produces and consumes a good or service
portmanteau word: producer + consumer. Linked to mass costumisation
a woman, generally in her twenties, who shows she is having a good time with her friends by shooting "WOO" ("HOO") usually in unison with other woo girls
expression used to describe something working fine, good or excellent
eMoney is electronic money exchangeable electronically for good and services via cyber digital device.
[Tech.] eMoney is electronic money exchangeable electronically via cyber digital device as cell phone
def.: if you are too confident about yourself, something bad will happen to show you that you are not as good as you think you are
this expression means 'he is very good at criticizing others but he can't accept criticism from others'
work and operations made in drilling for maintaining petroleum or Gas wells effective
buying or selling of goods tangible or intangible and services commonly on internet actually happen in cyberspace is called ecommerce or cyber commerce
in spite of the flaws/minuses/disadvantages; with goods and bads; with minuses and pluses
love / accept smb. flaws and all = love /accept smb. as he/she is, with qualities and flaws.
a business model in which goods or services are shared, swapped, or rented over networks, rather than being owned by individuals
Ex: Airbnb, the peer-to-peer accomodation marketplace Related to the concept of "sharing economy"


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