stand (one) in good stead

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stand (one) in good stead

Especially of a talent, ability, or experience, to prove particularly useful or beneficial to one 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.
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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 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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stand someone in good stead

(of something learned or acquired) be advantageous or useful to someone over time or in the future.
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stand somebody in good ˈstead

be useful to somebody: Learning German will stand her in good stead when she goes to work in the export department.
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We were in a very tough group in the World Cup with regards to scrummaging and I believe that has stood us in good stead for the Six Nations,"
The knowledge we have gained from our industrial applications stood us in good stead when developing fluid connectors for the automotive industry," says Brendan Johnston, director of Oystertec's automotive division.
That level of personal attention has stood us in good stead, and we've been fortunate in attracting and retaining a wide variety of commercial and industrial tenants in ATCO owner-managed buildings, among them: attorneys Warshaw Burstein Cohen Schlesinger & Kuh and accountants McGladrey & Pullen at 555 Fifth Avenue; Brookstone at 20 West 57th Street; architects Butler Roger Baskett at 381 Park Avenue South; Horizon Media Inc.
The Group originally started trading in Ireland and, based on the cash flows from the Irish operations, expanded overseas very much with the objective of being geographically diversified, which I think, has stood us in good stead.