have the (good) grace to (do something)

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have the (good) grace to (do something)

Said when someone acts with kindness. I was late, but luckily, Sean had the good grace to save me a seat.
See also: grace, have
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have the (good) grace to do something

be polite enough to do something: Fortunately, she had the grace to apologize as soon as she realized she had offended them.He didn’t even have the grace to say thank you.
See also: grace, have, something
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Get in Andy would have been better off having the good grace to accept the situation with dignity, instead of putting it all over social media.
Less than a day later the two were fronting a joint press conference to announce his contract was being terminated, Marshall at least having the good grace to hold his hands up and admit he had failed.
And Egan was no wimp either, readily taking on the camp despot Matthew Wright to tell him he was wrong, and having the good grace to apologise after, when he really didn't need to.
In recent times we've revealed the high cost to the NHS of people who miss appointments, many simply by not being bothered to turn up or having the good grace to let the medical staff know they won't be coming so they can offer the appointment to someone else.
THANK you for having the good grace to inform readers of the 10p price increase for my copy of the Sunday Mercury.
In being named Spouse of the Year by the Oldie magazine, and more importantly having the good grace to accept the title and joke about it, the Duchess has moved seamlessly towards cherished Royal status.
Pete owes Michelle an apology for not having the good grace to accept the result.
Twenty years away but still angry enough to pass as the genuine chippy Scot, even having the good grace to get touchy when ginger hair's brought up, and swearing more than we can repeat in a family magazine.
In addition, although most are now better off, thanks to tax credits and increased housing benefits, do I ever hear one having the good grace to admit it.