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go a long way
  • [Definition] 1) To be adequate or helpful for a significant amount of time 2) To achieve considerable success.
1. 재미있는 표현이다.
  • “도움이 되는것 + go a long way” 라고 쓸 수도 있고(a smile can go a long way)
  • “행동을 취하는 사람 + go a long way with + 도움이 되는것 “라고 쓸 수도 있다.( you can go a long way with a smile)
2. “VERB를 하는데 도움이 된다” 를 표현하려면,
“go a long way toward VERB” 으로 쓸수 있다
[From Movies & TV Shows]
  • With a little study you’ll go a long way (Monkey Business)
  • A little charity would go a long way, yes it would, sir. (Sherlock Holmes)
  • The Beach Boys, baby, a brand new group. I predict they gonna go a long way. (American Graffiti)
  • A little compassion would go a long way… (Battle: Los Angeles )
  • That’s gonna go a long way to making you the rich prick that you want to be. (The Sopranos)
[From News]
  • The enthusiasm for new deals can go a long way, at least in the short term. (Economist)
  • Carson says the outcome of those midterm elections will go a long way to determining whether he gives the operation the green light. (Bloomberg)
  • It’s an intriguing idea that could go a long way toward making parents and children breathe easier. (NYT)
[From Twitter]
  • Really, an intro to inductive logic and philosophy of science would go a long way for some here on Twitter.
  • Look, the Spurs will probably settle into the 5,6,7 hole. They’ll either go a long way or lose early. And then we’ll all go on vacation.
  • Little acts of kindness can go a long way
[From Other sources]
  • Bookstores order a long time in advance, so if we can demonstrate solid demand in these first few days, it will go a long way in determining the final success of the book. (Humans of New York)
  • (Laughter). That’s really going to go a long way.
  • those are going to go a long way towards improving our health care system,
  • a little honesty is going to go a long way.
  • will go a long way towards understanding the causes of the rebel war.
[Context] query: “goes a long way” c Source: Davies, Mark. (2008-) The Corpus of Contemporary American English: 450 million words, 1990-present. Available online at http://corpus.byu.edu/coca/.

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