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a good deal

A large degree or amount, usually indefinite or intangible. There's a good deal to be learned from listening to your elders. I own a good deal of books at home. They're starting to clutter up the place. We'll need a good deal more if we're going to have enough.
See also: deal, good

good deal

1. A very favorable agreement, cost, or situation. We never thought we'd be able to afford a neighborhood like this, but we got a good deal on this house.
2. An acknowledgment that a situation or proposal is acceptable, pleasing, or fortuitous. A: "I'll plan on coming around this Friday evening." B: "Good deal, buddy."
See also: deal, good
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good deal, a

Also, a great deal.
1. A large but indefinite quantity, as in He has a good (or great) deal of money; also, to a large extent or degree, as in "I bled ... a great deal" (from Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, 1719). Also see good many.
2. A very successful transaction or business agreement; a bargain. For example, The new agent got him a great deal, or Only $50,000 for all that land? That's a good deal. [Colloquial; mid-1800s]
See also: good
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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But I herewith discharge my conscience, and declare that I have had quite enthusiastic movements of admiration towards old gentlemen who spoke the worst English, who were occasionally fretful in their temper, and who had never moved in a higher sphere of influence than that of parish overseer; and that the way in which I have come to the conclusion that human nature is lovable--the way I have learnt something of its deep pathos, its sublime mysteries--has been by living a great deal among people more or less commonplace and vulgar, of whom you would perhaps hear nothing very surprising if you were to inquire about them in the neighbourhoods where they dwelt.
I have received a great deal of politeness--some of it really most pressing, and I have experienced no drawbacks whatever.
"Yes," added the other; "and of the Roman emperors as low as Severus; besides a great deal of the heathen mythology, and all the metals, semi-metals, planets, and distinguished philosophers."
And remember that, if you are ever so forward and clever yourselves, you should always be modest; for, much as you know already, there is a great deal more for you to learn."
From about the time of her entering the family, Lady Bertram, in consequence of a little ill-health, and a great deal of indolence, gave up the house in town, which she had been used to occupy every spring, and remained wholly in the country, leaving Sir Thomas to attend his duty in Parliament, with whatever increase or diminution of comfort might arise from her absence.
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