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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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a good innings

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.
See also: good, inning

have had a good innings

mainly 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 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.
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The Dodgers staked him to a 3-0 lead after one inning against an ineffective Eric Milton and a 4-1 cushion after three.
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Hendrickson built on his previous outing, Sunday at Florida, when he threw six strong innings for his first Dodger victory.
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Although the Padres got to him for seven hits in 6 2/3 innings, he repeatedly worked his way out of trouble and pitched into the seventh inning for the first time since June 22, when he turned in his lone complete game of the season against Seattle.
Josh Bard then drove him home with a single up the middle, making a hard-luck loser of Carrara and dropping the Dodgers to 0-6 in extra innings.
Jhonny Peralta later added a two-run single, and after Lackey gave up an RBI double to Joe Inglett followed by a walk to Casey Blake, he was done for the day after only 4 2/3 innings and 107 pitches.