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 for Good turn
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Good \Good\, a. [Compar. Better; superl. Best. These words,
     though used as the comparative and superlative of good, are
     from a different root.] [AS. G[=o]d, akin to D. goed, OS.
     g[=o]d, OHG. guot, G. gut, Icel. g[=o][eth]r, Sw. & Dan. god,
     Goth. g[=o]ds; prob. orig., fitting, belonging together, and
     akin to E. gather. [root]29 Cf. Gather.]
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     1. Possessing desirable qualities; adapted to answer the end
        designed; promoting success, welfare, or happiness;
        serviceable; useful; fit; excellent; admirable;
        commendable; not bad, corrupt, evil, noxious, offensive,
        or troublesome, etc.
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              And God saw everything that he had made, and behold,
              it was very good.                     --Gen. i. 31.
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              Good company, good wine, good welcome. --Shak.
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     2. Possessing moral excellence or virtue; virtuous; pious;
        religious; -- said of persons or actions.
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              In all things showing thyself a pattern of good
              works.                                --Tit. ii. 7.
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     3. Kind; benevolent; humane; merciful; gracious; polite;
        propitious; friendly; well-disposed; -- often followed by
        to or toward, also formerly by unto.
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              The men were very good unto us.       --1 Sam. xxv.
                                                    15.
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     4. Serviceable; suited; adapted; suitable; of use; to be
        relied upon; -- followed especially by for.
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              All quality that is good for anything is founded
              originally in merit.                  --Collier.
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     5. Clever; skillful; dexterous; ready; handy; -- followed
        especially by at.
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              He . . . is a good workman; a very good tailor.
                                                    --Shak.
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              Those are generally good at flattering who are good
              for nothing else.                     --South.
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     6. Adequate; sufficient; competent; sound; not fallacious;
        valid; in a commercial sense, to be depended on for the
        discharge of obligations incurred; having pecuniary
        ability; of unimpaired credit.
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              My reasons are both good and weighty. --Shak.
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              My meaning in saying he is a good man is . . . that
              he is sufficient . . . I think I may take his bond.
                                                    --Shak.
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     7. Real; actual; serious; as in the phrases in good earnest;
        in good sooth.
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              Love no man in good earnest.          --Shak.
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     8. Not small, insignificant, or of no account; considerable;
        esp., in the phrases a good deal, a good way, a good
        degree, a good share or part, etc.
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     9. Not lacking or deficient; full; complete.
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              Good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and
              running over.                         --Luke vi. 38.
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     10. Not blemished or impeached; fair; honorable; unsullied;
         as in the phrases a good name, a good report, good
         repute, etc.
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               A good name is better than precious ointment.
                                                    --Eccl. vii.
                                                    1.
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     As good as. See under As.
  
     For good, or For good and all, completely and finally;
        fully; truly.
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              The good woman never died after this, till she came
              to die for good and all.              --L'Estrange.
  
     Good breeding, polite or polished manners, formed by
        education; a polite education.
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              Distinguished by good humor and good breeding.
                                                    --Macaulay.
  
     Good cheap, literally, good bargain; reasonably cheap.
  
     Good consideration (Law).
         (a) A consideration of blood or of natural love and
             affection. --Blackstone.
         (b) A valuable consideration, or one which will sustain a
             contract.
  
     Good fellow, a person of companionable qualities.
        [Familiar]
  
     Good folk, or Good people, fairies; brownies; pixies,
        etc. [Colloq. Eng. & Scot.]
  
     Good for nothing.
         (a) Of no value; useless; worthless.
         (b) Used substantively, an idle, worthless person.
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                   My father always said I was born to be a good
                   for nothing.                     --Ld. Lytton.
  
     Good Friday, the Friday of Holy Week, kept in some churches
        as a fast, in memoory of our Savior's passion or
        suffering; the anniversary of the crucifixion.
  
     Good humor, or Good-humor, a cheerful or pleasant temper
        or state of mind.
  
     Good humor man, a travelling vendor who sells Good Humor
        ice-cream (or some similar ice-cream) from a small
        refrigerated truck; he usually drives slowly through
        residential neighborhoods in summertime, loudly playing
        some distinctive recorded music to announce his presence.
        [U. S.]
  
     Good nature, or Good-nature, habitual kindness or
        mildness of temper or disposition; amiability; state of
        being in good humor.
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              The good nature and generosity which belonged to his
              character.                            --Macaulay.
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              The young count's good nature and easy
              persuadability were among his best characteristics.
                                                    --Hawthorne.
  
     Good people. See Good folk (above).
  
     Good speed, good luck; good success; godspeed; -- an old
        form of wishing success. See Speed.
  
     Good turn, an act of kidness; a favor.
  
     Good will.
         (a) Benevolence; well wishing; kindly feeling.
         (b) (Law) The custom of any trade or business; the
             tendency or inclination of persons, old customers and
             others, to resort to an established place of
             business; the advantage accruing from tendency or
             inclination.
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                   The good will of a trade is nothing more than
                   the probability that the old customers will
                   resort to the old place.         --Lord Eldon.
  
     In good time.
         (a) Promptly; punctually; opportunely; not too soon nor
             too late.
         (b) (Mus.) Correctly; in proper time.
  
     To hold good, to remain true or valid; to be operative; to
        remain in force or effect; as, his promise holds good; the
        condition still holds good.
  
     To make good, to fulfill; to establish; to maintain; to
        supply (a defect or deficiency); to indemmify; to prove or
        verify (an accusation); to prove to be blameless; to
        clear; to vindicate.
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              Each word made good and true.         --Shak.
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              Of no power to make his wishes good.  --Shak.
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              I . . . would by combat make her good. --Shak.
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              Convenient numbers to make good the city. --Shak.
  
     To think good, to approve; to be pleased or satisfied with;
        to consider expedient or proper.
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              If ye think good, give me my price; and if not,
              forbear.                              --Zech. xi.
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     Note: Good, in the sense of wishing well, is much used in
           greeting and leave-taking; as, good day, good night,
           good evening, good morning, etc.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  good turn
      n 1: a favor for someone; "he did me a good turn" [syn: turn,
           good turn]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  23 Moby Thesaurus words for "good turn":
     act of grace, act of kindness, benefaction, benefit, benevolence,
     benignity, blessing, courtesy, favor, good deed, good offices,
     grace, kind deed, kind offices, kindly act, kindness,
     labor of love, mercy, mitzvah, obligation, office, service, turn
  
  

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