have a good thing going

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have a good thing going

to have something of an ongoing nature arranged for one's own benefit. Sally paints pictures and sells them at art fairs. She has a good thing going, and she makes good money. John inherited a fortune and doesn't have to work for a living anymore. He's got a good thing going.
See also: going, good, have, thing

have a good thing going

to do or have something that is successful This director has a good thing going with one film nominated for an Oscar and two others earning him a lot of money.
Usage notes: also used in the forms the better thing going or the best thing going: If you have to commute to the city, the train is the best thing going.
Related vocabulary: on a roll
See also: going, good, have, thing

have a good thing going

Have matters arranged to one's benefit or profit. For example, Joe's got a good thing going with this new franchise. It also may be put as make a good thing of, meaning "make something work to one's benefit," as in If we work hard we can make a good thing of this job. The first term dates from the second half of the 1900s, the second from the early 1800s. Also see have going for one.
See also: going, good, have, thing
References in classic literature ?
He said a great many good things to them both; and then, recommending them to God's goodness, gave them the benediction again, I repeating everything to them in English; and thus ended the ceremony.
They dwelt in ease and peace upon their lands with many good things, rich in flocks and loved by the blessed gods.
But it is a good thing for proprietors who perish morally, bring remorse upon themselves, stifle this remorse and grow callous, as a result of being able to inflict punishments justly and unjustly.
It was a good thing to have some occupation which was quite independent of other people, she said, when one got old.
Well, well, my good sir,' Mr Boffin interposed, 'it's a very good thing to think well of another person, and it's a very good thing to be thought well of BY another person.
Ye'll make it out as trouble's a good thing, like HE allays does.
For it has occurred to me that it is a good thing to have a Royal Treasurer who is made of money.
Beside him glided Caderousse, whose desire to partake of the good things provided for the wedding-party had induced him to become reconciled to the Dantes, father and son, although there still lingered in his mind a faint and unperfect recollection of the events of the preceding night; just as the brain retains on waking in the morning the dim and misty outline of a dream.
IT WAS an high speech of Seneca (after the manner of the Stoics), that the good things, which belong to prosperity, are to be wished; but the good things, that belong to adversity, are to be admired.
But when his trouble came upon him, she discovered many good things in this cousin of hers, and learned not only to pity but to respect and love the poor Worm, who tried to be patient, brave, and cheerful, and found it a harder task than anyone guessed, except the little nurse, who saw him in his gloomiest moods.
SOCRATES: And if we are good, then we are profitable; for all good things are profitable?
Brooke is not a bad fellow, but he has done some good things on his estate that he never would have done but for this Parliamentary bite.
But "no, he was a short-necked, apoplectic sort of fellow, and, plied well with good things, would soon pop off.
They contented themselves by eating heartily the good things provided, and Toto and Billina had their full share, you may be sure.
Jonathan was a man of much thankfulness, but see, his wife have all the good things.