go a long way toward

go a long way toward (something)

To be very helpful in achieving some goal. Don't do anything rash—patience will go a long way toward bringing you allies in this situation.
See also: go, long, toward, way

go a long way toward doing something

 and go a long way in doing something
Fig. almost to satisfy specific conditions; to be almost right. This machine goes a long way toward meeting our needs. Your plan went a long way in helping us with our problem.
See also: go, long, toward, way

go a long way toward

Have considerable effect or influence on. For example, This argument goes a long way toward proving the scientists are wrong, or, as Eudora Welty put it in The Ponder Heart (1954): "It went a long way toward making him touchy about what Uncle Daniel had gone and done." This idiom, then put as go a great way toward, was first recorded in 1697.
See also: go, long, toward, way

go a long/some way towards doing something

help very much/a little in achieving something: The new law goes a long way towards solving the problem.
See also: go, long, something, towards, way
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Thus, talking beforehand with your spouse about these potential areas of disagreement can go a long way toward avoiding future conflicts.
Second, if you allow residents to vent their feelings and, instead of becoming defensive, try to respond to their underlying needs, you will go a long way toward assuaging their concerns regarding their safety and care.
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While the combination of solid clinical services for the resident, good family relations and attractive amenities go a long way toward anchoring a facility in the community, many nursing homes have discovered that they are, nevertheless, losing market share and census to competitors.
Helping an LPN achieve an RN degree with tuition support -- on average, this runs about $1,000 per year per nurse -- can go a long way toward creating a loyal staffer.