what's the good of (doing something)

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what's the good of (doing something)

What reason is there (to do something); why should one bother (doing something)? What's the good of trying? I just don't have the brains for this class. What's the good of making your bed each morning when you're just going to mess up the sheets again at night?
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what's the good of

Also, what's the use of. What purpose or advantage is there in, as in What's the good of crying when you can't do anything about it? or What's the use of getting a doctorate in philosophy when you won't be able to get a job afterward? This idiom was first recorded in 1701.
See also: good, of
References in classic literature ?
"What's the good of Mercator's North Poles and Equators, Tropics, Zones, and Meridian Lines?" So the Bellman would cry: and the crew would reply "They are merely conventional signs!
What's the good? He never gives me a chance in London.
'What's the good of putting yourself to all the trouble and expense of going to America?
What's the good of a plan that ain't no more trouble than that?
I knowed we could get him drunk--he was always ready for that--but what's the good of it?