as good as
as adv. & conj.
1. Denoting equality or likeness in kind, degree, or manner; like; similar to; in the same manner with or in which; in accordance with; in proportion to; to the extent or degree in which or to which; equally; no less than; as, ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil; you will reap as you sow; do as you are bidden.
His spiritual attendants adjured him, as he loved his soul, to emancipate his brethren. --Macaulay.
Note: ☞ As is often preceded by one of the antecedent or correlative words such, same, so, or as, in expressing an equality or comparison; as, give us such things as you please, and so long as you please, or as long as you please; he is not so brave as Cato; she is as amiable as she is handsome; come as quickly as possible. “Bees appear fortunately to prefer the same colors as we do.” --Lubbock. As, in a preceding part of a sentence, has such or so to answer correlatively to it; as with the people, so with the priest.
2. In the idea, character, or condition of, -- limiting the view to certain attributes or relations; as, virtue considered as virtue; this actor will appear as Hamlet.
The beggar is greater as a man, than is the man merely as a king. --Dewey.
3. While; during or at the same time that; when; as, he trembled as he spoke.
As I return I will fetch off these justices. --Shak.
4. Because; since; it being the case that.
As the population of Scotland had been generally trained to arms . . . they were not indifferently prepared. --Sir W. Scott.
[See Synonym under Because.]
5. Expressing concession. (Often approaching though in meaning).
We wish, however, to avail ourselves of the interest, transient as it may be, which this work has excited. --Macaulay.
6. That, introducing or expressing a result or consequence, after the correlatives so and such. [Obs.]
I can place thee in such abject state, as help shall never find thee. --Rowe.
So as, so that. [Obs.]
The relations are so uncertain as they require a great deal of examination. --Bacon.
7. As if; as though. [Obs. or Poetic]
He lies, as he his bliss did know. --Waller.
8. For instance; by way of example; thus; -- used to introduce illustrative phrases, sentences, or citations.
9. Than. [Obs. & R.]
The king was not more forward to bestow favors on them as they free to deal affronts to others their superiors. --Fuller.
10. Expressing a wish. [Obs.] “As have,”
Note: i. e., may he have.
As . . as. See So . . as, under So.
As far as, to the extent or degree. “As far as can be ascertained.” --Macaulay.
As far forth as, as far as. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
As for, or As to, in regard to; with respect to.
As good as, not less than; not falling short of.
As good as one's word, faithful to a promise.
As if, or As though, of the same kind, or in the same condition or manner, that it would be if.
As it were (as if it were), a qualifying phrase used to apologize for or to relieve some expression which might be regarded as inappropriate or incongruous; in a manner.
As now, just now. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
As swythe, as quickly as possible. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
As well, also; too; besides. --Addison.
As well as, equally with, no less than. “I have understanding as well as you.” --Job xii. 3.
As yet, until now; up to or at the present time; still; now.
Good a. [Compar. Better superl. Best These words, though used as the comparative and superlative of good, are from a different root.]
1. Possessing desirable qualities; adapted to answer the end designed; promoting success, welfare, or happiness; serviceable; useful; fit; excellent; admirable; commendable; not bad, corrupt, evil, noxious, offensive, or troublesome, etc.
And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. --Gen. i. 31.
Good company, good wine, good welcome. --Shak.
2. Possessing moral excellence or virtue; virtuous; pious; religious; -- said of persons or actions.
In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works. --Tit. ii. 7.
3. Kind; benevolent; humane; merciful; gracious; polite; propitious; friendly; well-disposed; -- often followed by to or toward, also formerly by unto.
The men were very good unto us. --1 Sam. xxv. 15.
4. Serviceable; suited; adapted; suitable; of use; to be relied upon; -- followed especially by for.
All quality that is good for anything is founded originally in merit. --Collier.
5. Clever; skillful; dexterous; ready; handy; -- followed especially by at.
He . . . is a good workman; a very good tailor. --Shak.
Those are generally good at flattering who are good for nothing else. --South.
6. Adequate; sufficient; competent; sound; not fallacious; valid; in a commercial sense, to be depended on for the discharge of obligations incurred; having pecuniary ability; of unimpaired credit.
My reasons are both good and weighty. --Shak.
My meaning in saying he is a good man is . . . that he is sufficient . . . I think I may take his bond. --Shak.
7. Real; actual; serious; as in the phrases in good earnest; in good sooth.
Love no man in good earnest. --Shak.
8. Not small, insignificant, or of no account; considerable; esp., in the phrases a good deal, a good way, a good degree, a good share or part, etc.
9. Not lacking or deficient; full; complete.
Good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over. --Luke vi. 38.
10. Not blemished or impeached; fair; honorable; unsullied; as in the phrases a good name, a good report, good repute, etc.
A good name is better than precious ointment. --Eccl. vii. 1.
As good as. See under As.
For good, or For good and all, completely and finally; fully; truly.
The good woman never died after this, till she came to die for good and all. --L'Estrange.
-- Good breeding, polite or polished manners, formed by education; a polite education.
Distinguished by good humor and good breeding. --Macaulay.
-- Good cheap, literally, good bargain; reasonably cheap.
-- Good consideration Law. (a) A consideration of blood or of natural love and affection. --Blackstone. (b) A valuable consideration, or one which will sustain a contract.
Good fellow, a person of companionable qualities. [Familiar]
Good folk, or Good people, fairies; brownies; pixies, etc. [Colloq. Eng. & Scot.]
Good for nothing. (a) Of no value; useless; worthless. (b) Used substantively, an idle, worthless person.
My father always said I was born to be a good for nothing. --Ld. Lytton.
-- Good Friday, the Friday of Holy Week, kept in some churches as a fast, in memoory of our Savior's passion or suffering; the anniversary of the crucifixion.
Good humor, or Good-humor, a cheerful or pleasant temper or state of mind.
Good humor man, a travelling vendor who sells Good Humor ice-cream (or some similar ice-cream) from a small refrigerated truck; he usually drives slowly through residential neighborhoods in summertime, loudly playing some distinctive recorded music to announce his presence. [U. S.]
Good nature, or Good-nature, habitual kindness or mildness of temper or disposition; amiability; state of being in good humor.
The good nature and generosity which belonged to his character. --Macaulay.
The young count's good nature and easy persuadability were among his best characteristics. --Hawthorne.
-- Good people. See Good folk (above).
Good speed, good luck; good success; godspeed; -- an old form of wishing success. See Speed.
Good turn, an act of kidness; a favor.
Good will. (a) Benevolence; well wishing; kindly feeling. (b) Law The custom of any trade or business; the tendency or inclination of persons, old customers and others, to resort to an established place of business; the advantage accruing from tendency or inclination.
The good will of a trade is nothing more than the probability that the old customers will resort to the old place. --Lord Eldon.
-- In good time. (a) Promptly; punctually; opportunely; not too soon nor too late. (b) Mus. Correctly; in proper time.
To hold good, to remain true or valid; to be operative; to remain in force or effect; as, his promise holds good; the condition still holds good.
To make good, to fulfill; to establish; to maintain; to supply (a defect or deficiency); to indemmify; to prove or verify (an accusation); to prove to be blameless; to clear; to vindicate.
Each word made good and true. --Shak.
Of no power to make his wishes good. --Shak.
I . . . would by combat make her good. --Shak.
Convenient numbers to make good the city. --Shak.
-- To think good, to approve; to be pleased or satisfied with; to consider expedient or proper.
If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. --Zech. xi. 12.
Note: ☞ Good, in the sense of wishing well, is much used in greeting and leave-taking; as, good day, good night, good evening, good morning, etc.
Good, adv. Well, -- especially in the phrase as good, with a following as expressed or implied; equally well with as much advantage or as little harm as possible.
As good almost kill a man as kill a good book. --Milton.
As good as, in effect; virtually; the same as.
They who counsel ye to such a suppressing, do as good as bid ye suppress yourselves. --Milton.