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to good purpose

To effective use, as in A donation to the homeless shelter will be put to good purpose. This idiom was first recorded in 1553. Also see to little or no purpose.
See also: good, purpose

to little/good/some/no ˈpurpose

(formal) with little, good, etc. result or effect: Another meeting was held, to little purpose.She had used the profits to good purpose and upgraded their software.
See also: good, little, purpose

to good purpose

With good results.
See also: good, purpose
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While they plot and scheme to put together a series of big-name matchups that will attract corporate and television revenue - funds that would no doubt be put to good purpose - CIF officials seem oblivious to a simple lesson they should have learned years ago: High school teams don't want to play in meaningless, made-for-television fund-raisers.
The "obituary" was, in fact, Sherrill's 1988 review of a biography of Cohn which (as Sherrill stated later) "went into great detail about Cohn's dying, to good purpose, since there was something quite fitting in the putrescent ending of this very putrescent fellow.
And while her affected Locust Valley lockjaw probably doesn't endear her to the middle-class women she's targeting, she does marshal her middle-class ethnic background to good purpose in her books and magazine.
Players are comfortable on the ball, are happy to receive it and always aim to use it to good purpose.
Kieren Fallon and Mark Johnston team up rarely, but when they do, it's to good purpose.
The Recovery's manager, Mr David Tucker, together with a coterie of friends and allies in the Birmingham stockbroking fraternity, was credited with reshaping West Midlands industry, for the most part successfully and to good purpose.
Lima could use home advantage to good purpose against 500-1 Wentworth shocker Scott Drummond in the Paris 72-holers.