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have a good thing going

To be in a favorable situation, often financially. He doesn't need to work because he has a good thing going with all his rental properties.
See also: going, good, have, thing

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

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 ?
As a humanly good thing did it come unto me, this dream and heart- comforter!
They were not speaking, but they were thinking over all the good things they were going to say, for everything had to be thought out.
You know, there are two good things in life, freedom of thought and freedom of action.
But you're missin' all the good things," Billy objected.
They's plenty more of the good things," Billy took up with a sudden rush of words.
cried Mr Dorrit, in a tone implying that there were no other good things.
The company then laid their hands upon the good things that were before them, but as soon as they had had enough to eat and drink, the muse inspired Demodocus to sing the feats of heroes, and more especially a matter that was then in the mouths of all men, to wit, the quarrel between Ulysses and Achilles, and the fierce words that they heaped on one another as they sat together at a banquet.
Then the givers of all good things stood in the doorway, and the blessed gods roared with inextinguishable laughter, as they saw how cunning Vulcan had been, whereon one would turn towards his neighbour saying:
Thus did they converse, but King Apollo said to Mercury, "Messenger Mercury, giver of good things, you would not care how strong the chains were, would you, if you could sleep with Venus?
They then laid their hands on the good things that were before them, and as soon as they had had to eat and drink, Ulysses said to Demodocus, "Demodocus, there is no one in the world whom I admire more than I do you.
So as I sit in bed typing (a Good Thing in itself), I make no apology for chucking out the page in the rule book which says good news, by and large, isn't newsworthy.
At a congressional hearing, Rohrabacher noted the attack on the Majlis and asked a witness, "Isn't it a good thing for us to have the United States finally backing up Sunnis who will attack Hezbollah and the Shiite threat to us?
Glenn Page Standing up to a bully sounds like a good thing to me.
LEE GORTON: I live just on the border of North Shropshire and Wales, so l do not get free prescriptions, but yes, on the whole, l think it is a good thing.
The hospice currently promotes a One Good Thing project, ASKING people to do just one good thing this year to support the charity.