stand in good stead

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stand someone in good stead

[for something] to be of great use and benefit to someone. I know that my large vocabulary will always stand me in good stead at college. Any experience you can get in dealing with the public will stand you in good stead no matter what line of work you go into.
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stand somebody in good stead

(slightly formal) also hold somebody in good stead
to be useful or helpful in the future His recommendation will stand you in good stead when you apply for a job.
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stand somebody in good stead

if an experience, a skill, or a qualification will stand you in good stead, it will be useful in the future She hoped that being editor of the school magazine would stand her in good stead for a career in journalism later on.
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stand in good stead

Be extremely useful, as in That umbrella stood me in good stead on our trip; it rained every day. [c. 1300]
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References in classic literature ?
Here the sound judgment of Totski stood him in good stead.
It may stand me in good stead some day though I don't know that I have any present use for it.
Seward tried one or two skeleton keys, his mechanical dexterity as a surgeon standing him in good stead.
In this particular case, however mechanical and innocuous it might be at other times, Hepzibah's contortion of brow served her in good stead.
For the better part of a week he roamed the jungle with his new friends, partly because of a desire for companionship and partially through a well-laid plan to impress himself indelibly upon their memories, which at best are none too long; for Tarzan from past experience knew that it might serve him in good stead to have a tribe of these powerful and terrible beasts at his call.
Truly," replied I, "your sense of hearing serves you in good stead, and fills up many of your deficiencies.
Not only did it not stand them in good stead, but it destroyed them.
Right you sound, old mole," said De Vac, smiling, "would that I might learn to reason by your wondrous logic; methinks it might stand me in good stead before I be much older.
This had stood him in good stead a thousand times and trained him as an observer as well.
But what they have gone through will stand them in good stead for next season, whether they play here or elsewhere.
He knows the size of the task which awaits against the inform Braidmen, but will be hoping a recent experience will stand his men in good stead for what is ahead of them on Saturday.
Wednesday had their moments too but, if Keane has got something to reflect positively on, it is his side's defensive qualities and resilience which will stand them in good stead.
Hopefully the experience of that will stand me in good stead at Tranmere"Everyone in this division is capable of beating each other.
That level of performance will stand us in good stead and very few teams would have beaten us the way we played.
Macaulay may have taken his relentless empiricism too far for some modern libertarians' tastes, but it stood him in good stead when he turned to one of the great controversies of his own day, the new factory system that had transformed Britain amid an export-driven globalization of its economy.