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have had a good innings

To have experienced a long stretch of success in one's job. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I love my job, and I've certainly had a good innings, but it's time for me to retire now.
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a good innings

A long stretch of success in one's job. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I love my job, and I've certainly had a good innings, but it's time for me to retire now.
See also: good, inning

have had a good innings

mainly BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
1. You can say that someone has had a good innings when they have just stopped doing something or are just about to stop doing something, for example a job, that they have been doing successfully for a long time. Note: An innings is a period in a game of cricket during which a particular team or player is batting. Roy, you've had a good innings — I reckon it's now time for you to pack up Formula 1.
2. When someone has just died or is about to die, if you say that they have had a good innings, you mean that they have lived for a long time and have had a good life. Note: An innings is a period in a game of cricket during which a particular team or player is batting. Lord knows, I've had a good innings and I'm in pain, Hannah. I want to go.
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have had a good innings

have had a long and fulfilling life or career. British informal
In cricket, an innings is the period that a team or batsman spends batting, and a good innings is one during which a lot of runs are scored.
2002 Oldie He keeps dropping heavy hints when he visits: he…said the other evening I have had a good innings (I am 86).
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a good ˈinnings

(British English, informal) used about somebody who has died or who is at the end of their life or career to say that they have had a long life or career: He’s had a good innings but now it’s time for him to retire and let someone younger take over as director.
In cricket, an innings is the period of time that a team or a person spends batting (= hitting the ball). A good innings is one that lasts a long time and in which a lot of ‘runs’ (= points) are scored.
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Takashi Saito rescued him with two shutout innings, and Eric Gagne pitched a perfect ninth.
The double warmup offers a psychological way of creating the second inning.
The Angels finally got on the scoreboard in the fifth inning after Chone Figgins led off the inning with a single and he went to second on an infield single by Maicer Izturis.
Through three innings, San Diego's David Wells nearly matched Maddux pitch for pitch, as he allowed only a second-inning single to Julio Lugo, but the Dodgers managed a huge two-out rally in the fourth.
Maddux threw 6 1/3 no-hit innings and the Dodgers opened a crucial series with a 3-1 victory over the Padres in front of 52,911 at Dodger Stadium.
That game was decided in the fifth inning,'' Dodgers manager Grady Little said.
The Angels closer got a groundout by Melvin Mora to begin the ninth inning, then struck out Nick Markakis.
Catcher Toby Hall - whose own playing time also is jeopardized by Hendrickson's ineffectiveness because he only catches on days when Hendrickson starts - led off the inning with a one-hopper to right field that was hit so sharply that Ryan Freel almost threw him out at first.
Drew, whose airmailed throw back to the infield on Alfonzo's sacrifice fly the previous inning had landed on the infield grass between the mound and first base and trickled until someone picked it up.
In the third inning, Ray Durham singled to drive in Omar Vizquel and tie the score 1-1.
After Brad Wilkerson gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead in the second inning with a sacrifice fly to score DeRosa, Guerrero tied it up in spectacular fashion in the fourth inning, hitting his team-high 22nd home run that rattled off the faux rocks in left-center field.
Through the first seven innings, the Angels' offense was sputtering along just as it had been since the team returned from Boston on an overnight flight Sunday.
The Dodgers rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth, all off Padres reliever Scott Linebrink, who began the inning by walking Rafael Furcal with a three-run lead.
Typically, the Dodgers went quietly in the bottom of the 11th inning against Trevor Hoffman.
And in the top of the fifth inning, the Indians finally broke through.