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an oldie but (a) goodie

1. Something that was created a relatively long time ago but which is still excellent by today's standard. Ah, the White Album—that's an oldie but goodie! Here, try this book. It's an oldie but a goodie.
2. A person who is advanced in years but is very likable, reliable, helpful, etc. I'm giving you a desk next to Martin. He's an oldie but goodie who will help show you the ropes. A: "You're an oldie but a goodie, Aunt Lily!" B: "Hey, I'm not old!"
See also: but, goodie, oldie

oldie but goodie

n. something (or even someone) that is old but still likable. Mary is an oldie but goodie. I’m glad she’s still around.
See also: but, goodie, oldie
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I am no stranger to the goodie bag, having on occasion been invited to the type of soiree where, to paraphrase Woody Allen, 80 percent of the point is just showing for the parting gift.
What's better than a goodie bag chock full of sparkly magic-markers, super-double bubble gum, two comic books and a sheet of glow-in-the dark Sponge Bob stickers?
Voters, however, were undecided whether the Spice Girls were goodies or baddies.
While 50 per cent thought the Spice Girls were goodies, 41 per cent thought they were baddies.
Along with these are a grand dose of specially chosen tracks from Goodie MOb's first three RIAA gold albums: Soul Food (1995, including "Goodie Bag" and "Free"), Still Standing (1998, including "Beautiful Skin," "Still Standing," "Fly Away," and "The Experience"), and World Party (1999, with "What It Ain't (Ghetto Enuff)" featuring TLC, "Parking Lot (Break)," and "I.
Meanwhile, T-Mo, Big Gipp and Khujo had been in different groups prior to coming together under the Dungeon Family roof as Goodie MOb.
said 6-year-old Nataly Martinez, who got a Barbie doll and a bag of goodies she could barely carry by herself.
Not one, but two, Doctor Whos appeared as guest weirdos on The Goodies.
When casting comes up for the next Doctor Who series, all three Goodies, despite their advancing years, are still capable of remembering lines, looking wry or fearful as the scene demands, and being helped and abetted by attractive female assistants.
The Math Goodies web site was started in July 1998 to provide a fun way for students to learn math.
It includes items such as Cecelia Ahern's best-seller Where Rainbows End, the 200 Hamlyn Really Easy Recipes cookbook, a Christmas Carol CD and other goodies, too.
Such goodies may include valuable digital objects like electronic discount coupons for album purchases, free movie tickets, free introductory chapters of an e-book, specialized media player software "skins" or the first few levels of a new video game, for example.
Ashtray loses his virginity with Dashiki on a kitchen floor after a ritual involving half a refrigerator's worth of goodies poured over each other's bodies and slurped up.