go a long way in (doing something)

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go a long way in (doing something)

To be particularly helpful or useful in achieving some action or goal. Don't do anything rash—patience will go a long way in bringing you allies in this situation. You know, apologizing would go a long way in mending your friendship with John.
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"Admitting the loss had taken a personal toll would have gone a long way in swaying public op inion," says Sneed.