good scout, a

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a good scout

An honest, affable, reliable, and trustworthy person. Your dad's a good scout, you know that? He's helped me out of so many jams without even thinking twice. Eric's a good scout, so I'm sure he'll do the repairs for a very fair price. Thanks for being a good scout—I know I can always count on you.
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good scout, a

An amiable person. This slangy expression originated in America, probably in the late nineteenth century. It appeared in Meredith Nicholson’s Hoosier Chronicle of 1912: “Dad’s a good old scout.”
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