good graces

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good graces

Favorable, kindly, or approving regard or treatment. Usually used in the phrase "in someone's good graces" or some variation thereof. John's been in my good graces ever since he helped get me out of debt. I was out of Mary's good graces for a while after I lost her cat.
See also: good, grace
References in classic literature ?
For Jenny before this had the happiness of being much in her good graces also.
Bennet treasured up the hint, and trusted that she might soon have two daughters married; and the man whom she could not bear to speak of the day before was now high in her good graces.
Unlike any one else in the ship's company, I now found myself with no quarrels on my hands and in the good graces of all.
Anne had amused her, and consequently stood high in the old lady's good graces.
Mr Squeers would, very likely, have carried on the farce of being offended a little longer, if Mrs Sliderskew, in her anxiety to restore herself to her former high position in his good graces, had not become so extremely affectionate that he stood at some risk of being smothered by her caresses.
I don't want to supplant you in Miss Crawley's good graces.
He had also a wish to establish himself in the good graces of the lady; for John was at least as licentious in his pleasures as profligate in his ambition.
At breakfast in the morning, the twins' charm of manner and easy and polished bearing made speedy conquest of the family's good graces.
You go to Madame d'Aguillon's, and you pay your court to her; you go to Madame de Bois-Tracy's, the cousin of Madame de Chevreuse, and you pass for being far advanced in the good graces of that lady.
Churchill is not much in my good graces, as you may suspect but this is quite between ourselves.
I shall find my own way to Cecilia's good graces quite easily: the way is through her mouth.
His compliments, of which he was stingy, won the good graces of all the old women; he made himself agreeable to every one, even to the officials of the government, from whom he wanted nothing.
Had it been altered, the only supposable motive for murder on the part of the suspected would have been the ordinary one of revenge; and even this would have been counteracted by the hope of reinstation into the good graces of the uncle.
On the contrary, when he saw more of Captain Wentworth, saw him repeatedly by daylight, and eyed him well, he was very much struck by his personal claims, and felt that his superiority of appearance might be not unfairly balanced against her superiority of rank; and all this, assisted by his well-sounding name, enabled Sir Walter at last to prepare his pen, with a very good grace, for the insertion of the marriage in the volume of honour.
Make your drink-offerings and send me on my way rejoicing, for you have fulfilled my heart's desire by giving me an escort, and making me presents, which heaven grant that I may turn to good account; may I find my admirable wife living in peace among friends, {109} and may you whom I leave behind me give satisfaction to your wives and children; {110} may heaven vouchsafe you every good grace, and may no evil thing come among your people.