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have had a good innings

To experience 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 innings

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 innings

have 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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a good ˈinnings

(British English, informal) used about somebody who has died or who is at the end of their life or career to say that they have had a long life or career: He’s had a good innings but now it’s time for him to retire and let someone younger take over as director.
In cricket, an innings is the period of time that a team or a person spends batting (= hitting the ball). A good innings is one that lasts a long time and in which a lot of ‘runs’ (= points) are scored.
See also: good, inning
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The Dodgers, meanwhile, got all the runs they needed on a two-out error by Mets third baseman David Wright in the first inning, victimizing possible Game 4 starter John Maine.
Some pitchers always seem to have a rough first inning.
Then in the second inning, the Rangers went right back to work when Mark DeRosa led off with a base hit and he took third on a double by Ian Kinsler.
Adrian Gonzalez walked with one out in the second inning but was erased when Maddux snagged a line drive by Mike Cameron and doubled Gonzalez off first to end the inning.
Through three innings, Wells nearly matched Maddux pitch for pitch, as he allowed only a second-inning single to Julio Lugo, but the Dodgers managed a huge two-out rally in the fourth.
Even though I left the fifth inning with a lead, this is obviously a game of momentum, and they obviously had it at that point.
The Dodgers staked him to a 3-0 lead after one inning against an ineffective Eric Milton and a 4-1 cushion after three.
He allowed only five Dodgers batters to reach base after a first inning in which Nomar Garciaparra's right-side grounder scored Rafael Furcal to put the Dodgers briefly in front 1-0.
Unlike the night before, when regular closer Takashi Saito blew an eighth-inning lead, the Dodgers turned to Jonathan Broxton, who pitched a perfect ninth inning to record his second save.
And Adam Kennedy extended his career-high hitting streak to 17 games, as he delivered his first hit with a single in the 12th inning.
After Brad Wilkerson gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead in the second inning with a fly ball to score DeRosa, Guerrero tied it up in spectacular fashion in the fourth inning with his team-high 22nd home run that rattled off the faux rocks in left-center field.
The Dodgers rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth, all off Padres reliever Scott Linebrink, who began the inning by walking Rafael Furcal with a three-run lead.
All that was rendered moot, however, shortly after Josh Barfield hit a pop fly off Giovanni Carrara with two outs in the top of the 11th inning.
Now facing the gloomy possibility of a four-game sweep to begin the second half, the Dodgers' offensive production in the series thus far has consisted of the following: a two-run homer by Nomar Garciaparra in the third inning of the opener and a two-out fly ball by J.
Shields followed a solid outing by Santana by allowing four runs in the eighth inning -- three on a bases-clearing double by Notre Dame High of Sherman Oaks' product Jorge Piedra -- as the Rockies won 6-2 in the finale of a three-game series.