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have had a good innings
To have experienced a long stretch of success in one's job. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. I love my job, and I've certainly had a good innings, but it's time for me to retire now.
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have had a good inningsmainly BRITISH, OLD-FASHIONED
1. You can say that someone has had a good innings when they have just stopped doing something or are just about to stop doing something, for example a job, that they have been doing successfully for a long time. Note: An innings is a period in a game of cricket during which a particular team or player is batting. Roy, you've had a good innings — I reckon it's now time for you to pack up Formula 1.
2. When someone has just died or is about to die, if you say that they have had a good innings, you mean that they have lived for a long time and have had a good life. Note: An innings is a period in a game of cricket during which a particular team or player is batting. Lord knows, I've had a good innings and I'm in pain, Hannah. I want to go.
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have had a good inningshave had a long and fulfilling life or career. British informal
In cricket, an innings is the period that a team or batsman spends batting, and a good innings is one during which a lot of runs are scored.
2002 Oldie He keeps dropping heavy hints when he visits: he…said the other evening I have had a good innings (I am 86).
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