put/turn something to good account

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put (something) to good account

To utilize something in a positive or beneficial way. Yeah, I was laid off, but I put my time off to good account and traveled the world. Police and security forces worry that cyber criminals will put the new crypto-currencies to good account for their own nefarious purposes.
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turn (something) to good account

To use something in a positive or beneficial way. Yeah, I was laid off, but I turned my time off to good account and traveled the world.
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turn something to good account

to use something in such a way that it is to one's advantage; to make good use of a situation, experience, etc. Pam turned her illness to good account and did a lot of reading. Many people turn their retirement time to good account and take up interesting hobbies.
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turn to good account

Use for one's benefit, as in He turned the delay to good account, using the time to finish correspondence. This idiom, first recorded in 1878, uses account in the sense of "a reckoning."
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put/turn something to good acˈcount

(formal) make good use of money, an ability, etc: He put his experience as a teacher to good account as a writer of children’s books.
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