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worthy cause

A cause that merits attention, aid, or action due to an inherent goodness of values or intention. The lawyer decided to waive her fees because she felt that the young man's case was a worthy cause.
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the laborer is worthy of his hire

Workers should or deserve to be paid. The phrase comes from the Bible. You did a fine job in the stables, Edgar. I have some money for you, as the laborer is worthy of his hire.
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worthy of the name

deserving to be so called; good enough to enjoy a specific designation. There was not an actor worthy of the name in that play. Any art critic worthy of the name would know that painting to be a fake.
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worthy of the name

Deserving a name or description, as in Any artist worthy of the name can draw better than that. This expression uses worthy of in the sense of "deserving by reason of merit," a usage dating from about 1300.
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worthy of the ˈname

(also worth the ˈname) (formal) deserving to be called good: Any doctor worthy of the name would help an injured man in the street.
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and, in the dearth of worthier objects of affection
In the 16th century, naming men before women became the acceptable word order to use because of the thinking that men were the worthier sex.
I must remember 'ere Christ was dead, In pain and anguish still He said, "Forgive them for they know not what they do", And so on the day when our dreams come true, When the last "All Clear" has died away, Let me remember Lord that I may pray, My life for evermore shall worthier be, Of those who died for Coventry.
The 21-year-old, who was frustrated to see the White Knights make a worthier offer to extend the contract of fellow youngster Hazem Emam, will now stay at the club until 2014.
If we're going to go on about Keithless worlds, the recent loss of another merry toper, the acerbic and clever Keith Waterhouse, is worthier material for mourning.
If we are to believe that this young African American President is sincere in his drive to bring about change as per his election vows, then there is no worthier arena for such a change than the US policy towards this region.
I can think of few worthier 'causes' to support this week than Alf Ramsey Knew My Grandfather at the Gala Theatre in Durham.
In the past Birmingham had the dubious distinction of being known more for its road systems than for any of the worthier assets it had to show off to the outside world.
He will be frightened to hit an errant drive because of the punishment the suspect wrist will receive in the heavy rough and LEEWESTWOOD, top Briton in the 2004 Open at Royal Troon and almost a US Open champ last month, has to be an even worthier favourite following yesterday's news.
But none of that was mentioned in the attorney general's description, or in the ballot title, which focused on the far worthier concerns of housing and shelter, not corporate welfare.
The architecture web's Living Treasure the modest Eric Morehouse recently suggested to me that a worthier recipient of the title was the bloke who runs the Materialicious site at www.
The money saved on prison expenses could be spent on worthier causes.
The billionaire believes Acorns, which supports terminally ill children, is a much worthier cause and is prepared to write off a multi-million pound contract with commercial sponsors to give them some high-profile exposure.
But GOP Senators looking ahead to the 2008 elections have decided that the real front in the war lies not in Baghdad or Baquba but in the Beltway, and that a ''bipartisan'' redeployment is a worthier goal than backing the current battle plan.
While feminism is supposed to be about equality for women, those in the academy pride themselves on choosing and being chosen as worthier than others.