for (one's) (own) good

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for (one's) (own) good

For one's benefit, even though it may not be enjoyable or desired. I know you're mad that I won't let you eat candy for dinner, sweetheart, but it's for your own good.
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for good

1. Permanently; indefinitely; forever. After she found out about his latest relapse with drugs, she decided it was best to leave him for good. He got locked up again—this time for good.
2. For the benefit of others; for purposes that are pure and not evil. It's time you started thinking about using your wealth for good, instead of wasting it on pleasure.
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for good

forever; permanently. I finally left home for good. They tried to repair it many times before they fixed it for good.
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for good

Also, for good and all. Permanently, forever. For example, I'm moving to Europe for good. [1500s] Also see for keeps.
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for ˈgood

(British English also for ˌgood and ˈall) permanently; for ever: I’m going away for good.Today I gave up smoking for good.
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for your (ˌown) ˈgood

(of something unpleasant) so that you will benefit: I don’t like criticizing you but it’s for your own good.I know he doesn’t want to do all this extra homework, but it’s for his own good.
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for good

Permanently; forever: I'm moving to Europe for good.
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References in classic literature ?
Confess, now, in warning me for my own good, that you are very consistent.
I'm not worrying about them; I'm doing it for my own good.
To which Sancho answered, "I spent them for my own good, and my wife's, and my children's, and it is they that have made my wife bear so patiently all my wanderings on highways and byways, in the service of my master, Don Quixote; for if after all this time I had come back to the house without a rap and without the ass, it would have been a poor look-out for me; and if anyone wants to know anything more about me, here I am, ready to answer the king himself in person; and it is no affair of anyone's whether I took or did not take, whether I spent or did not spend; for the whacks that were given me in these journeys were to be paid for in money, even if they were valued at no more than four maravedis apiece, another hundred crowns would not pay me for half of them.
My boyfriend likes to take credit for this moment whenever he thinks I'm getting too "kewl" for my own good.
For my own good, and for the good of all, I was obliged to set aside my dislike of the man and give him my attention.
I was trying to be way too sexy for my own good, and this fig got lodged in my throat, and he thought really quickly, jumped up and he hit it free,'' Berry recalls.