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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The rules of the road are made for our own good. Try driving on the right and see how far that gets you.
We should believe in our own strength, join efforts and fight for our own good and for the good of the next generations.
Illegally parked cars at night have to be investigated by the police for our own good. That is the priority in this case, personal niceties are irrelevant.
And we should also teach our children that it is not for us mere mortals to question the wisdom of the divine law that has been transmitted to us for our own good.
They are for our own good. Survival of private sector health care is not a foregone conclusion.
Or, maybe our prime minister is just a bit too-opportunistic and trade-oriented for our own good.
This by-law--which inevitably will be challenged to the higher courts--is just one recent example of a wide range of federal, provincial, and municipal legislation that can be categorized under the realm of laws for our own good. But there are many others that leap easily to mind: the bicycle helmet laws and by-laws; the anti-impaired driving laws; the buckle-up seat belt laws; speed limits; registration of dog, car, and gun laws, and so on.
during their routine physical exams." (Emphasis added.) This arrangement would be necessary to accomplish what the report calls "routine and comprehensive testing and screening." In fact, all Americans would need to undergo such screening, since, according to the report, "Mental illness ranks first among illnesses which cause disability" in the U.S., and it is presently "under-recognized as a public health burden." So for our own good, all Americans--starting with schoolchildren--must undergo federally mandated mental health examinations.
The anti-fat crusaders want to manipulate us too, but for our own good."
However, those who would assault our liberties will go to ludicrous extremes, then claim it is for our own good. Senator Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) preposterously called the assault weapons ban one of "the most effective measures against terrorism that we have." Similarly, John Kerry maintained with a straight face that the lapse of the law would benefit al-Qaeda.
The avoidable tragedy of 9-11 was just the beginning, and it's still doing its job, which is to manipulate the average American into accepting Nazi-style "security" measures "for our own good." This, in turn, will eventually reduce us to globalism.