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to good purpose

To something's most positive, most effective, or most beneficial utility. Twenty years later, he's finally putting those programming skills to good purpose, designing tracking software for local park rangers to help combat poaching. The seminar aims to help people channel their negative emotions and impulses to good purpose, translating that energy into creative expression. Yeah, I was laid off, but I turned my time off to good purpose and traveled the world.
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to good purpose

To effective use, as in A donation to the homeless shelter will be put to good purpose. This idiom was first recorded in 1553. Also see to little or no purpose.
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to little/good/some/no ˈpurpose

(formal) with little, good, etc. result or effect: Another meeting was held, to little purpose.She had used the profits to good purpose and upgraded their software.
See also: good, little, no, purpose

to good purpose

With good results.
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Of his new appointment he said: "After eight years at the BFI, I am pleased to be staying in the television and film industries where, hopefully, I can use my understanding of both to good purpose.
This picture book uses the weird and frightening appearances to good purpose.
I don't think there is any doubt that when he gets forward he can get forward to good purpose and that was an excellent finish.
Smith said: "I don't think there is any doubt that when he gets forward he can get forward to good purpose and that was an excellent finish.
This final burst helped reduce the gap between him and his rivals and he used this chance to good purpose to surge ahead and finish behind the winner L.
Dr Salomine Theron was the joint winner of the RSSA Travel Award; she reports below on how she put it to good purpose.
In general, the fixed penalty system works to good purpose in that it rewards the particular skill of a trainer who can produce a horse in the shape to win two races within a short timeframe.