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a good spell

1. A particularly fortuitous, beneficial, or productive period of time. The star footballer was out with an ankle injury for the first half of the season, but she's had a pretty good spell so far since she's returned. We were lucky to have had a very good spell right before the recession, so our business was able to weather the storm a little better than others.
2. A reasonably or relatively long period of time. Ireland is world-renowned for its cold, rainy climate, but we've had a good spell of sunshine and warmth this summer. You'll have a good spell of hard work ahead of you, but you'll get paid very well at the end.
See also: good, spell
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"Well, I had a spite at Providence for a good spell, and for weeks I wouldn't even look at the baby.
"Now look here, will you tell your mother that if she is agreeable I will come for him every day till something is arranged, and take him for a good spell of work, and whatever he earns, I'll bring your mother half of it, and that will help with the horses' feed.
Ambrosch had got over his good spell long ago, and was always surly.
We often have a good spell then a bad spell but we always come out of it.
It's not just good enough to have a good spell in the Premier League, we now have to own games on every stage.
He said good spell of rains in arid areas of the country would also help raise the deflating underground water level which would ultimately help farmers to feed their crops with the required water.
McLeod was tiring but he had a good spell in the last 30 seconds of the round and it was a tight 3-2 decision in favour of Huddart."
Harrison says he "didn't exactly have a good spell of games" during his half-season loan spell with Boro last season, so wants to cement his spot in the Leeds XI and benefit from regular game-time in the Championship.
KARACHI -- Pakistan right-arm fast-bowler Bilawal Bhatti, who received wicket-less beatings in his recent outings, told PakPassion in an interview that he is waiting for one good spell to change the course of his luck from bad to good.
"Millwall changed their formation three times and when they did it, they had a good spell. So we have to then do something back to counteract it, and we did - and the players bought into it."
Cardiff then had a good spell of pressure as they threw a series of testing balls into the box that were nervously scrambled away.
Gordon came to Wolves at the start of the 1982-83 season, following a good spell at Spurs.
But the good spell of weather was predicted to stall today, with cloud expected to spread from the west with increasing winds and prolonged rain moving in from western areas.
Lee Carsley's boys had led the division for a good spell after a string of impressive results but slipped away towards the end, allowing rivals Leicester to take advantage.