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good egg

Someone who is known to be trustworthy and kind. Joey's a good egg. He always makes time to help others in need.
See also: egg, good

(a) good egg

Fig. a good and dependable person. He seems like a good egg. I'll take a chance on him.
See also: egg, good

good egg, a

Also, a good scout. An amiable, basically nice person. For example, You can always count on her to help; she's a good egg, or His friends all think Dad's really a good scout. This colloquial antonym of bad egg dates from the early 1900s, as did the variant.
See also: good

a good egg

OLD-FASHIONED
If you describe someone as a good egg, you mean that they are a kind and reliable person. Her father's a bit bad-tempered, but basically a good egg.
See also: egg, good

good egg, a

An agreeable, trustworthy person. This slangy expression has outlived bad egg, which it actually implied in the sixteenth century. “Neither good egge nor good bird,” went the saying, meaning the young (egg) would not turn into praiseworthy adults (bird). In the nineteenth century this continued to be spelled out: “A bad egg [is] a fellow who has not proved to be as good as his promise” (The Athenaeum, 1864). The favorable aspect of good egg dates from the early twentieth century. Rudyard Kipling used it in Traffics and Discoveries (1904): “‘Good egg!’ quoth Moorshed.”
See also: good

good egg

An agreeable, helpful person. The phrase applied to someone of value in terms of utility, the opposite of a no-good rotten egg. It was most often heard in such requests as “Be a good egg and mail this letter for me” or “Pour me another whisky, like a good egg.”
See also: egg, good
References in classic literature ?
A circle of apes surrounded the scene of the battle; but the moment that Tarzan broke safely from the enemy they turned silently away to resume their interrupted feeding, and Teeka turned with them, apparently forgetful of all but her balu and the fact that when the interruption had occurred she just had discovered an ingeniously hidden nest containing three perfectly good eggs.
Companies such as Instacart, Amazon Fresh and Google Express have been around for close to ten years, while GrubMarket and Good Eggs have been around for over five years.
The good eggs are being let down by the greedy, pompous and insufferable parasites in their ranks.
This gives us the opportunity to help spread the word about an important cause and support the movement to be good eggs, said Mr Crowe.
See what I mean about lots of footballers being good eggs?
TUESDAY'S Parliamentary Pancake Race for the Rehab disability charity was full of good eggs on the media team and fowl play by MPs and peers.
He throws the "bad eggs" and "bad bananas" to the trash bins so that the "good eggs" and "good bananas" dont get infected by a virus.
"They want to get as many good eggs as they can because usually you produce them but they're not good.
1 WHAT YOU NEED For Curried Cauliflower Pancakes: 1 head cauliflower, cut into small florets - blanched, 4 salted anchovies, finely chopped, 8 beaten One Good Eggs, 100g dry breadcrumbs, 50-75g plain flour, 75g grated pecorino, tablespoon curry powder, 100g ricotta 2 WHAT YOU NEED for Lamb Tikka: 800g cubed lamb loin, 100ml natural yoghurt, juice 1 lime, 2 cloves crushed garlic, 25mm piece ginger, finely chopped, 15g ground coriander, 5g ground cumin, 5g ground garam masala, 5g paprika, salt, Juice 1 lemon mixed with 100g butter.
* GOOD EGGS: Peter Meston, left, of Reed Recruitment hands over the Easter eggs for children at the Forget Me Not Hospice to Jason Costello, of the hospice (AC050412Ceggs-01)
GOOD EGGS: (back, L-R): Cassandra Nakra, Wiktoria Jackowska, Jessica Bullock; (front) Nikola Wieczovek, Pavin Chohan, Eleanor Subhan and Zaahirah Kara COLOURFUL CREATIONS: (L-R) Kajol Patria, nine, Ellie Mundy, 11, and Aisha Abdi, 10 STEADY HANDS: (above) Toni-Leigh Chohan arranges her classroom model and (below) dealing with the messy aftermath of an "accident" TIME TRAVELLING EGG: Tarun Bhandal with his Doctor Who model THAT'S THE ONE: (L-R) Kajol Patria, nine, Ellie Mundy, 11, and Aisha Abdi, 10 CRACK AND FIELD: Dayah Sagoo with her Olympic track
GOOD EGGS. Next time ya whip up an omelet, go organic.
NEWCASTLE College and Newcastle University have been named "Good Eggs" in the Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards.
GOOD EGGS: Monkey twins Mito, left, and Tracker whose birth may pave the way to banishing inherited mitochondrial diseases