go a long way

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go a long way (third-person singular simple present goes a long way, present participle going a long way, simple past went a long way, past participle gone a long way)

  1. (idiomatic) To be adequate or helpful for a significant amount of time.
    This new law will go a long way in addressing this issue.
    Thank you for your generous donation; I'm sure it will go a long way.
  2. (idiomatic) To achieve considerable success.
    All parents hope that their children will go a long way in their lives.
    The moment I met him I knew he would go a long way.


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