to do a good turn

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - do a good turn

"to do a good turn"

to do someone a favor without having been asked and without expecting a favor in return


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - do a good turn

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Here you go.

Colleague 2:  What's this?

Colleague 1:  It is the budget projections for the next quarter.

Colleague 2:  That's incredible. I thought I would have to work all weekend to even think about getting them done on time. What can I do to repay you for the favor?

Colleague 1:  Nothing really, maybe just do me a good turn some time in the future.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - do a good turn

A mother and son are talking ...

Mother:  How was your Boy Scout meeting? What did you learn today?

Son:  Today we were taught to do a good turn every day.

Mother:  How does that work?

Son:  Every day, I should look for opportunities to help people and then help them without being asked and with no reward expected.

Mother:  That's great. Do you mean like helping an old lady to cross the road?

Son:  Exactly.

to do a good turn - Usage:


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to do a good turn - Gerund Form:

Doing a good turn for another person is good for your soul.

to do a good turn - Examples:

1)  When you see a man distributing handbills you can do him a good turn by taking one, for he goes off duty when he has distributed all his ...

2)  If you can do someone a good turn - do it. If you can add value to society - do it.

3)  Part of 'travel karma' is to do a good turn for a fellow traveller in need, so if someone offers to make up the ...

4)  ... save life, or to help injured persons. And he must do a good turn to somebody every day.

5)  ... people are pretty great and really like to be able to do you a good turn, they just need to know how.

6)  When you do a good turn you feel rich, even if you are broke.

7)  ... driving along he saw a priest hitchhiking. He thought he would do a good turn and pulled the truck over. 

8)  ... more about themselves than about people who are genuinely just trying to do a good turn for somebody else.

9)  ... of people are good, and will do what they can to do a good turn for another human being. Lets remember the 99%, and not let the 1% ...

10)  I will do a good turn and keep it a secret. If anyone finds out, ...

11)  So are these new graduates doing Australia a good turn by paying for their own education and helping to reduce the putative medical workforce shortage?

12)  Plus, doing someone a good turn is the strongest way to build your network, according to master net-worker ...

13)  ... housework as a way to earn money, thinking they were doing her a good turn. All this did was enrage her.

14)  ... the actions of someone who wants to be seen doing a good turn rather than thinking about whats best for the person they're meant to be helping.

15)  If Satan tries to prevent you from doing a good turn, the angels encourage you to go ahead with it.

16)  ... you did me a good turn in picking me out of the mud and holding up my head that day.

17)  Did a good turn for someone recently and they dropped over a bottle of wine so had to have ...

18)  ... we've all known people--friends, colleagues, relatives--who did us a good turn and have tried to find ways to repay them for it. 

19)  ... that if someone did him a good turn, he loved to repay that person with something more excellent.

20)  She could have shut down the doors months ago, but she did a good turn for the county by waiting a little longer for the best opportunity for our citizens.