a good scout

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a good scout

An honest, affable, reliable, and trustworthy person. Your dad's a good scout, you know that? He's helped me out of so many jams without even thinking twice.
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good scout, a

An amiable person. This slangy expression originated in America, probably in the late nineteenth century. It appeared in Meredith Nicholson’s Hoosier Chronicle of 1912: “Dad’s a good old scout.”
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Just talking with Deborah Wathen Finn for a few moments, one would know she was born to lead, and that's just one of the of the reasons she is the first woman to be honored by the Greater New York Councils Boy Scout of America with a Good Scout Award.
If you had just kept your mouth shut and been a good scout and employee, you wouldn't have this problem, Lattera told the Associated Press.