stand in good stead


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia.

stand (someone) in good stead

Especially of a talent, ability, or experience, to prove particularly useful or beneficial to someone in the future. Janet is hoping her internship working in IT will stand her in good stead when she looks for a job after college.
See also: good, stand, stead

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.
See also: good, stand, stead

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]
See also: good, stand, stead