go a long way toward (something)

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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