good egg

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A boy holding eggs

Probably a humorous antonym of bad egg (someone whose behaviour is reprehensible or irresponsible; a rogue).[1]

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Noun[edit]

good egg (plural good eggs)

  1. (Britain, informal, dated) A good person, someone to be trusted; a friend.
    • 2017 August 13, Brandon Nowalk, “Oldtown Offers One Last Game-changing Secret as Game Of Thrones Goes behind Enemy Lines (Newbies)”, in The A.V. Club[2], archived from the original on 4 December 2017:
      Drogon sniffs Jon [Snow]—and Dany [Daenerys Targaryen] apparently doesn't care enough about Jon's life to get off Drogon so she can witness their interaction on the other side of his fat neck and make sure her son isn't eating his cousin—and seems to sense he's a good egg at the least and quite possibly that he's a Targaryen.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Good egg” in Michael Quinion, World Wide Words[1], 25 May 2002.