to good effect

to good effect

In an effective manner or to an effective degree. The director uses humor to good effect, adding some much-needed levity to the stark drama of the story.
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to good, little, etc. efˈfect

with a good, etc. result: Her talent as a dancer is shown to considerable effect in this new production.
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Fly-half Danny Cipriani ran the show to good effect, while new signing Gaby Lovobalavu put in an impressive debut in the No.
Sammy Jo Bell was shown to good effect in winning the third race on Consett trainer Wilf Storey's Mr Sundowner.
Showed some decent distribution and joined forwards at set-pieces to good effect.
theo Walcott rating: 8 Switched wings to good effect with Stewart Downing.
Martin Perry used floating baits to good effect on Meadow Lake at Riverside Fishery when he banked six carp with the best a mirror of 13.
He came off the bench to good effect and set up Gardner's equaliser, just days after scoring the winner against bitter rivals Villa in the Carling Cup quarter-final.
Many can broadly be called torch songs, with Almond's adroit lyrics and pleasantly sleazy vocals employed to good effect, dealing with familiar themes of performance and the experiences of the lonely, the unloved, and the atypical.
Meanwhile, its lightweight steel construction results in a remarkably low kerb weight and its unusually sizeable appearance for the medium-size class has been used to good effect, delivering a generous level of interior space for both driver and passengers.
I can only hope (I am an optimist by nature) that the council will at some stage use our hard earned money to good effect.
Luckily Robin, above, instead of slinking offto weep about it, decided to use our hate to good effect by playing onscreen baddies.
BOXING: Liverpool lightweight Thomas Stalker used his height and reach advantage to good effect to see off lively Filipino Joegin Ladon 11-4 and move through to the next stage of the World Championship in Milan .
Blackpool boss Simon Grayson has relied upon Ben Burgess to lead the line in his typical battering-ram style this term, which has worked to good effect against some teams, but Mick McCarthy's men have looked a cut above the rest this campaign and will be confident of nullifying his threat.
Tim Vaughan's charge is a moderate animal, but he has been placed to good effect recently, winning two of his last three starts, and can be forgiven his latest run having missed the break by some way.
uk Maiden Stakes, where he was seen to good effect.
The author uses his military background to good effect in this account of the Crimean War.