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have a good thing going

To be in a favorable situation, often financially. He doesn't need to work because he has a good thing going with all his rental properties.
See also: going, good, have, thing
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2022 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

have a good thing going

to have something of an ongoing nature arranged for one's own benefit. Sally paints pictures and sells them at art fairs. She has a good thing going, and she makes good money. John inherited a fortune and doesn't have to work for a living anymore. He's got a good thing going.
See also: going, good, have, thing
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

have a good thing going

Have matters arranged to one's benefit or profit. For example, Joe's got a good thing going with this new franchise. It also may be put as make a good thing of, meaning "make something work to one's benefit," as in If we work hard we can make a good thing of this job. The first term dates from the second half of the 1900s, the second from the early 1800s. Also see have going for one.
See also: going, good, have, thing
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
'Good day, Gretel.' 'Good day, Hans, What good thing do you bring?' 'I bring nothing, but would have something given.' Gretel presents Hans with a calf.
As a humanly good thing did it come unto me, this dream and heart- comforter!
They were not speaking, but they were thinking over all the good things they were going to say, for everything had to be thought out.
"There now, you wish to liberate your serfs," he continued; "that is a very good thing, but not for you- I don't suppose you ever had anyone flogged or sent to Siberia- and still less for your serfs.
"Oh, say, this is too much of a good thing! What do they take us for--why don't they send supports?
You know, there are two good things in life, freedom of thought and freedom of action.
One of the bystanders said to him, "My good fellow, why do you sell him, being such a one as you describe, when you may yourself enjoy the good things he has to give?' "Why," he replied, "I am in need of immediate help, and he is wont to give his good gifts very slowly."
12) Hail, Hermes, giver of grace, guide, and giver of good things! (31)
Two fairies were they; the younger, it is true, was not Dame Fortune herself, but one of the waiting-maids of her handmaidens who carry about the lesser good things that she distributes; the other looked extremely gloomy--it was Care.
"But you're missin' all the good things," Billy objected.
"They's plenty more of the good things," Billy took up with a sudden rush of words.
'Of course, of course!' cried Mr Dorrit, in a tone implying that there were no other good things.
The company then laid their hands upon the good things that were before them, but as soon as they had had enough to eat and drink, the muse inspired Demodocus to sing the feats of heroes, and more especially a matter that was then in the mouths of all men, to wit, the quarrel between Ulysses and Achilles, and the fierce words that they heaped on one another as they sat together at a banquet.
Then the givers of all good things stood in the doorway, and the blessed gods roared with inextinguishable laughter, as they saw how cunning Vulcan had been, whereon one would turn towards his neighbour saying:
Thus did they converse, but King Apollo said to Mercury, "Messenger Mercury, giver of good things, you would not care how strong the chains were, would you, if you could sleep with Venus?"