to have a good thing going

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - have a good thing going

"to have a good thing going"

to have or be doing something that is beneficial or successful


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - have a good thing going

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: I'm thinking about quitting my job. It is getting boring and I am getting stale.

Colleague 2: Why would you quit? You've got such a good thing going here. You are making a lot of money. You don't have to work very hard and you get six weeks paid vacation a year.

Colleague 1: I know I'm doing really well and am very good at what I do. I think it is just time for a change.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - have a good thing going

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: Have you heard about Amy and Kate's business?

Friend 2: I heard that they are getting far more orders than they can fill.

Friend 1: And they are making a lot of money.

Friend 2: I am glad to hear they have a good thing going.

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to have a good thing going - Usage:


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to have a good thing going - Gerund Form:

Having a good thing going, she wasn't going to change anything that would jeopardize her ongoing success.

to have a good thing going - Examples:

1)  ... for the past thousand years but then again I guess if you have a good thing going, why change?

2)  Friendships that last are the ones where you both recognise that you have a good thing going.

3)  ... have a good thing going with their latest moneymaking scheme.

4)  It was a simple argument to refute - we have a good thing going, we don't need promotion and relegation.

5)  Everyone already assumes you are both married because you basically have a good thing going on. You have children together, you understand your roles in the relationship ...

6)  Congratulations, you have a good thing going. Keep on doing what you are doing. 

7)  In general, if you have a good thing going, you can't wait for him or her to meet your friends.

8)  Add to this running royalties, and we have a good thing going for Vringo over the next few years.

9)  Santa does have a good thing going with his policies of universal gift-giving and reindeer-powered vehicles.

10)  I think the Swiss have a good thing going. They have a large, fully trained standing army, ready to defend ...

11)  You had a good thing going with the Gold Visa Debit Card and not charging international transaction fees.

12)  ... her stubbornness doesn't get in the way she might realise we had a good thing going on and she just needs to chill out.

13)  It seems car makers had a good thing going back in the 60s. 

14)  Why did you reveal yourself? You had a good thing going and you could probably be making a lot of Google Adsense money now if ...

15)  The owners, Raintree Restaurants, had a good thing going there, but they felt it was time to offer something new.

16)  We had a good thing going on, so we decided to record an album.

17)  Writers had a good thing going with an awesome cast and messed up a great show with crap writing.

18)  I had a good thing going and I really did love him for who he was. 

19)  We all know the story: Charlie Sheen had a good thing going at Two and a Half Men before he had a meltdown of epic proportions.

20)  You had a good thing going and looks like you've shot yourself in the foot.