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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.
See also: cause, worthy

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.
See also: hire, of, worthy

worthy of the name

Having earned the right to a particular title or designation due to one's skill, integrity, reputation, etc. No physician worthy of the name would prescribe this drug to his patients. There wasn't a single theatre critic worthy of the name in the audience, judging by the totally biased, copy-pasted reviews the play received the next morning.
See also: name, of, worthy

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.
See also: name, of, worthy

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.
See also: name, of, worthy

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.
See also: name, of, worthy
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In the Worthy family example, if the family members and trust owned only Worthy Growers and Worthy Resorts, and third parties owned WFE, a management function ASG could exist between management firm WFE, on the one hand, and, on the other hand, its clients Worthy Growers and Worthy Resorts, provided that WFE's principal business was to provide management functions for those businesses on a regular and continuing basis.
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Worthy Pearson dates back to 1895 when Worthington Pearson, known as Worthy, went into business after a terrible accident cut short his career.
In chapters 3 and 4, Worthy provides a review of the many psychological influences that contribute to a disconnection with nature and to the acceptance of nature's sacrifice in support of contemporary western lifestyles.
The switch has invigorated his batting - so much so Worthy now has a place in the cricketing record books.
Worthy: The James Worthy Empowerment Center uses a comprehensive approach involving public and private entities and grassroots community participation; all of which invest in a short- and long-term poverty alleviation plan that is community-driven, results-oriented, comprehensive and partnership-oriented.
But my favourite one of all was a song about the slave trade with a poignant solo from a lady from the worthy cause of Water Aid.
1 : having worth or excellence <a worthy goal>
The Nieman Foundation presented the Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism to William Worthy, NF '57, on February 22, 2008 at a ceremony at Lippmann House.
CORRECTION (ran June 12, 2007): The e-mail address where readers may submit photographs for The Register-Guard's new feature, Fridge Worthy, is fridgeworthy@guardnet.
In each case we see people somehow cleansed, somehow made worthy, somehow selected to be God's messengers.
Worthy soon discovered that other things had also changed since he had left the camp in 1942.
Before Communion, the current prayer of the people is: "Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.