good egg

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

good egg (plural good eggs)

  1. (Britain, idiomatic, dated) A good person, someone to be trusted; a friend.
    Antonym: bad egg
    • 1915, Good Housekeeping, volume 6, New York, N.Y.: Phelps Publishing Company, OCLC 1043599513, page 371:
      The chemist and the bacteriologist gave him the third degree and, like most criminals, it was found difficult to tell just when a good egg began to be bad, and it appeared that it depended largely on how he was handled, especially in his youth, []
    • 1942, The Texas Outlook, volume 26, Austin, Tex.: Texas State Teachers Association, ISSN 0040-4551, OCLC 1767362, page 42:
      Tom speaks: "I have a girl friend I want you to meet. She's a good egg."
    • 1944, James T[homas] Farrell, To Whom It May Concern: More Stories, Garden City, N.Y.: The Sun Dial Press, OCLC 220681805, page 23:
      Johnny Parker is in town. I like Johnny. He's a big shot in pictures and he's a good egg.
    • 1997, Brereton Greenhous, “Liberation”, in “C” Force to Hong Kong: A Canadian Catastrophe, 1941–1945 (Canadian War Museum Historical Publication; no. 30), Toronto, Ont.; Oxford: Dundurn Press, →ISBN, page 141:
      In contrast, Saito [] was one of the good eggs … He would let us rest whenever the coast was clear and even shared the odd cigarette.
    • 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.

References[edit]

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