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goody gumdrops

An expression of happiness or delight, typically from a child. "Goody, goody gumdrops" can also be used. We're going to the beach for the day? Goody gumdrops! Goody, goody gumdrops—Papa brought me a treat!
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goody two-shoes

1. adjective (used as a modifier before a noun) Of or having prudish, self-righteous, or rigidly moral standards. Many have been critical of the agency as being nothing but a goody two-shoes organization more concerned with telling people how to behave than serving their best interests.
2. An exceedingly or haughtily prudish, self-righteous, or rigidly moral person; someone who conforms inflexibly to the rules or the law. Mary is such a goody two-shoes, always squealing to the teacher when one of us does something against the rules. Our gang would have control of half the city if that goody two-shoes hadn't somehow gotten himself elected governor.
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1. noun Someone who exclusively follows the rules and caters to authority figures; a teacher's pet. Jill's classmates called her a goody-goody after she volunteered to supervise the class while the teacher was away.
2. adjective Self-righteous or sanctimonious. Forget your goody-goody rules and go out on a school night for once!
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goody two-shoes

A prudish, self-righteous individual, a goody-goody. For example, Phyllis was a real goody two-shoes, tattling on her friends to the teacher. This expression alludes to the main character of a nursery tale, The History of Goody Two-Shoes (1765), who was so pleased when receiving a second shoe that she kept saying "Two shoes." The goody in the story is short for goodwife but means "goody-goody" in the idiom.
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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.

a goody two-shoes

A goody two-shoes is someone who tries to please someone in authority or who never does anything wrong. No child wants to be a goody two-shoes, and this is one way for them to demonstrate that they're not. Note: This expression is used to show disapproval.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

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a goody ˈtwo-shoes

(informal, disapproving) a person who behaves very well to please people in authority such as parents or teachers: Don’t be such a goody-goody!He’s a real goody two-shoes. He’d never do anything that might get him into trouble.
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goody two-shoes

n. someone who tries to behave better than anyone else. (Also a term of address.) I’m no goody two-shoes. I just like to keep my nose clean.
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McGraw-Hill's Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions Copyright © 2006 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.


A self-righteous, smugly virtuous person. The term comes from the title and main character of a nursery tale, The History of Goody Two-Shoes (1765), believed to have been written by Oliver Goldsmith. She owned but a single shoe, and when she was given a pair of shoes she was so delighted that she showed them to everyone, saying, “Two shoes.” Today the term is often shortened to goody-goody, as in “She’s a real goody-goody, always playing up to her boss.”
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer

goody gumdrops

An expression of delight. “Goody gumdrops” and “Goody, goody gumdrops” were popularized in Carl Ed's 1930s Harold Teen cartoon strip, although whether Ed originated the phrases is unclear. “Gumdrops” referred to the candy, and the phrase's connotation was self-consciously cute, as if childish glee.
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goody two-shoes

A self-righteous, vain person. The 18th-century children's story, The History of Little Goody Two-Shoes, attributed to Oliver Goldsmith, was a version of Cinderella. The title character, named after an already-established phrase, was an orphan who was so poor, she owned only one shoe. When a rich benefactor gave her a complete set of footwear, she repeated her delighted in having “two shoes.” The phrase “Goody Two-Shoes” developed its negative connotation because the girl subsequently married into money, which cast suspicion on her virtuous nature.
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Endangered Phrases by Steven D. Price Copyright © 2011 by Steven D. Price
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"I can be obnoxious," conceded Ms Goody. She got that right!
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The likely suspects have been Jade Goody, the sacked Miss England Danielle Lloyd, and somebody called Jo O'Meara.
In admonishing Man against his avaricious tendencies, Medwall's character Liberality echoes the language and concepts governing so much of Everyman's structure, and does so in a context of direct instruction as to the uses of wealth: Thou must thy worldly goodys so employ In charytable dedys wyth due compassyon, That thou mayst bye everlastynge joy For the good intent of that dystrybucyon.
Margery is appalled by the wickedness of Arundel's men and does not conceal her horror from the Archbishop: "pan pis creatur boldly spak to [the Archbishop] for pe correccyon of hys meny, seying with reuerens, 'My Lord, owyr alderes Lord al-myty God hath not [g]on [y]ow [y]owyr benefys & gret goodys of pe world to may[n] ten wyth hys tretowrys & hem bat slen hym euery day by gret othys sweryng" (37).
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Now it has gone beyond desperate." Education Secretary Alan Johnson said schools should take a role in stopping future Jade Goodys. He added "British values" should be taught in schools to combat the "ignorance and bigotry" seen on the show.
But the Jade Goodys, the Claire Sweeneys and the Ulrikas of this world are never going to do that.
Mary, in all my goodys I sese yow [??]is day, For to byn at yower gydyng, And [??]em to rewlyn at yower pleseyng Tyll [??]at I comme hom agayn!
Education Secretary Alan Johnson said schools should take a role in stopping future Jade Goodys. He argued that "British values" should be taught in schools to combat the "ignorance and bigotry" seen on the show.
"The Goodys and Danielle represent the evil face of mankind," blasted one Mirror reader yesterday on the paper's message board.
In fact, the show has only one saving grace, the Goodys, who are far funnier than The Goodies.