go a long way in (doing something)

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go a long way in (doing something)

To be very helpful in achieving some goal. Don't do anything rash—patience will go a long way in bringing you allies in this situation.
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If the Giants can sellout the series, it goes a long way in proving that the Giants' championship star power is here to stay. 
As with any piece of equipment, keeping up with regular maintenance goes a long way in keeping machines running efficiently, says Szany.