Green’s Dictionary of Slang

good adj.1

1. solvent, able to pay for or lend; usu. as good for.

[UK]Shakespeare Merchant of Venice I iii: Antonio is a good man [...] my meaning in saying he is a good man, is to have you understand me that he is sufficient.
[UK]Vaux Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 244: good [...] A man who declares himself good for any favour or thing, means, that he has sufficient influence, or possesses the certain means to obtain it; good as bread, or good as cheese, are merely emphatical phrases to the same effect.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue [as cit. 1812].
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 16 May 9/2: Her cheque is not good for a paper of pins, while his would cause a meeting of directors of the Bank of England.
[US]H. Hapgood Autobiog. of a Thief 207: They told me [...] who were good (prosperous).
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 26 Nov. 44/1: I see by the paper that this Vanderbilt bloke is the richest cove in the world. He don’t know what he’s good for. He’s got more brass than he can blew.
[US]N. Algren Man with the Golden Arm 57: You’re good with me any time, Dealer.
[UK]N. Barlay Hooky Gear 65: He know I’m good when it come down to it. Generous good from way back.

2. (UK Und.) of a place or person, able to be robbed easily; thus good upon the crack, easily broken into.

[UK]Vaux Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 244: Good: a place or person, which promises to be easily robbed, is said to be good, as, that house is good upon the crack; this shop is good upon the star; the swell is good for his montra; &c.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue [as cit. 1812].
[Aus]South Australian (Adelaide) 15 May4/3: [from London press] They [i.e. travelling thieves] tell each other what houses are ‘good’.

3. able to sustain a given situation.

[US]J.H. Beadle Undeveloped West 337: From thirty to forty tons of ore [...] [were] good for an average profit of a hundred and fifty dollars per ton [DA].
[US]N.-Y. Trib. 20 Sept. n.p.: A 50-cent combination ticket good for every amusement on the island [DA].
W.S. Cather Death Comes for the Archbishop prologue 1: The sun was still good for an hour of supreme splendor.
[US]N. Algren Man with the Golden Arm 291: He was good for forty-eight hours at the most.

In phrases

do good (v.)

(US Und.) to make substantial amounts of money through crime.

[US]E. Bunker No Beast So Fierce 31: Willy explained that Joe had been doing ‘good’, which was a criminal euphemism for making ‘good’ money illegally.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

good buddy (n.) [buddy n. (2)]

1. used as a term of address, esp as the popular form of address among users of Citizen’s Band radios.

[US]Delta Democrat Times (Greenville, MS) 22 Apr. 4/3: She had been given several pairs of socks by a man she named as ‘Good Buddy’.
[US]N. Algren Walk on the Wild Side 10: Don’t need to run, goodbuddy.
[US]R. Stone Hall of Mirrors (1987) 126: Hey who are you goodbuddy?
C.W. McCall ‘Convoy’ [lyrics] on Black Bear Road [album] Well, mercy sakes, good buddy, we gonna back on outta here, so keep the bugs off your glass and the bears off your...tail. We’ll catch you on the flip-flop. This here’s the Rubber Duck on the side. We gone. ’bye, ’bye.
[US](con. 1970) S. Wright Meditations in Green (1985) 19: Study the finished print with a magnifying glass, good buddy, you don’t always see what you get.
[US]C. Cook Robbers (2001) 286: We’re safe here, good buddy.

2. a CB radio user.

1977 World Book Year Book 267: Overcrowding, which can turn ‘good buddies’ into nasty rivals. CBers are supposed to limit calls to five minutes and those who do not are called ‘ratchet jaws’.

3. (US) a homosexual.

W. Safire Look It Up 150: The term good buddy has for several years been used as a derogatory synonym for the more pejorative terms applied to homosexuals.
good-cut (n.)

(US) high-quality marijuana.

[US]H. Ellison Web of the City (1983) 36: You wanna get a little up tonight? I hear Boy-O got a little good-cut on him.
good-doer (n.) [a play on do-gooder]

a smart person, who ‘knows a thing or two’; thus good-doing, smart, knowledgeable.

[US] ‘Kitty Barrett’ in D. Wepman et al. Life (1976) 53: You need a good-doing bitch like me to boost your stable.
[UK]Barr & York Sloane Ranger Hbk 158: good doer n. Probably doesn’t do good, but has a good appetite and is healthy.
good egg (n.)

see separate entry.

good gal (n.)

(US) a girlfriend.

[US]Jimmie Rodgers ‘Blue Yodel’ [lyrics] My good-gal loves me, / Everybody knows, / And she paid a hundred cash dollars, / Just bought me a suit of clothes.
good girl (n.) (also good one) [ironic + she is good for sex]

a prostitute, a wanton.

[UK]R. Cotgrave Dict. of Fr. and Eng. Tongues n.p.: Gaultiere – A whore, punke, drab, queane, gill, flirt, strumpet, cockatrice, mad wench, common hackney, good one.
[UK]Partridge DSUE (1984) 486/1: good girl [...] C.18–20; ob.
good go (n.) [go n.1 (1)]

1. (US prison) anything seen as admirable, useful, easy etc.

[US]D. Clemmer Prison Community (1940) 332/2: good go, n. Something easily successful, a good break in life; a comfortable job in prison.

2. (drugs) the right amount of drugs for the money paid.

[US]H. Braddy ‘Narcotic Argot Along the Mexican Border’ in AS XXX:2 87: GOOD GO, n. phr. A fair amount for the money paid.
[US]E.E. Landy Underground Dict. (1972).
[US]ONDCP Street Terms 10: Good go — Proper amount of drugs for the money paid.
good guts (n.) [gut n. (2e)]

(Aus.) the facts, the essential information.

[Aus](con. WWI) A.G. Pretty Gloss. of Sl. [...] in the A.I.F. 1921–1924 (rev. t/s) n.p.: good guts. Information.
[Aus]S.L. Elliott Rusty Bugles I i: Got any good guts on replacements?
[Aus]‘Nino Culotta’ They’re a Weird Mob (1958) 61: I’m not mistaken, mate. Just givin’ yer the good guts, that’s all. Just lettin’ yer know wot yer lettin’ yerself in for.
[Aus]W. Dick Bunch of Ratbags 196: Give us the good guts on her.
[Aus]S. Gore Holy Smoke 15: I tried to give ’em the good guts of the Creation once.
good guy (n.)

a friendly individual, male or female, esp. if on one’s side; often in pl. as one of the good guys.

[US]J. Tully Jarnegan (1928) 148: He was a card and a good guy.
[US]W. Winchell On Broadway 1 Dec. [synd. col.] She is no miser or piker. A good-time Charlie and a ‘good guy’ better describes her.
[US](con. 1950s) McAleer & Dickson Unit Pride (1981) 220: I ain’t gonna pull rank on you, but what do you wanna do with your prisoner, good guy the gook there?
[UK]G. Stewart Leveller 240: I still hung on to my ‘good guy’ image.
[Aus]A. Weller Day of the Dog 46: Two smaller men, one of whom is the supposedly good guy. He never slaps the victim around, but talks gently to him.
[US]S. King It (1987) 350: He liked her, in short, because she was a good guy.
[Aus]B. Moore Lex. of Cadet Lang. 170: usage: (when one’s own side scores a goal): ‘That’s one for the good guys!’.
[Aus]Gav CX Mag. Jun. [Internet] Dave decides to blow his lucky 30p in the bandit. And proceeds to win £15. Bastard. But he halves it with me. Good guy.
good hair (n.) [good because such white-styled hair was considered superior or more acceptable]

(US black) soft, wavy hair, as opposed to tighter black-style curls; ext. to an attractive body.

Walter Vincson ‘Don’t Wake It Up’ [lyrics] They have good hair, they may look neat, but when you take off their shoes / You can smell their stinking feet.
[US]Murtagh & Harris Cast the First Stone 89: He was seventeen and dicty-looking with his good hair and light complexion.
[US]A. Baraka Tales (1969) 73: Some stuck-up boy with ‘good’ hair.
[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 141: There was still an appreciation of the woman (or man) who had good hair (hair that is loosely curled or wavy and approximates Caucasian hair texture).
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Sept. 3: good hair – an attractive body (not just hair): ‘Man, she sure got good hair’.
[US]Source Oct. 56: When Black people sing the praises of ‘good hair’ or reduce each other’s achievements to ‘acting white’.
[US]J. Ridley Conversation with the Mann 18: Her hair had no kink. It was wavy and near shoulder-length, what back then got called ‘good hair’.
good head (n.)

(orig. US Und.) a trustworthy, admirable person.

[US] ‘Jargon of the Und.’ in DN V 448: Good head, A kind-hearted person, one charitably disposed to tramps.
[US]Irwin Amer. Tramp and Und. Sl. 88: Good Head: One favourably inclined or kindly to tramps. One to be trusted, or a charitable person.
[US]R. Chandler High Window 188: ‘Especially gents like Alex Morny, who don’t like private detectives.’ ‘Morny’s a good head,’ Eddie Prue said coldly.
[US]Goldin et al. DAUL 84/1: Good head. 1. A respectable girl; a virgin; a girl, not necessarily virtuous, but loyal and discreet in underworld matters. 2. A likeable and trustworthy person; a good fellow.
[US]F. Elli Riot (1967) 108: He wouldn’t back down from a fight, that made him a good-head.
[US]J. Webb Fields of Fire (1980) 135: The Colonel’s a good head, Snake. Gave me a ride out here on his chopper.
good ink (n.) [? journalistic imagery]

(Aus./N.Z.) something agreeable, pleasant; usu. in phr. that’s good ink.

[Aus]Baker Popular Dict. Aus. Sl.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 7 Mar. 14/3: [headline] Punters Get the Good Ink.
[NZ]McGill Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 52/1: good ink agreeable; eg ‘He’s the good ink, that lad. Heart of gold, slaves his guts out, no trouble to anyone.’ Obs.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. [as cit. 1988].
good iron (adj.)

(Aus.) admirable, trustworthy; desirable; also as n. (cf. good iron! ).

[Aus]Bulletin 9 Feb. n.p.: Oh she’s a good iron, is my little clinah; / She’s my cobber an’ I’m ’er bloke.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 14 Jul. 13/4: He was good iron, if weather-marked a bit; and he did work for the State which not a man in ten thousand could have done so well, if at all.
[Aus](con. 1830s–60s) ‘Miles Franklin’ All That Swagger 267: ‘Sure it’s come-aisy, go-aisy,’ Grandfather remarked. ‘And that is “good-iron wingey!” till there’s a stoppage in the come-easy part,’ added William.
good-looker (n.)

(orig. US) an attractive person, usu. a woman.

[US]Harper’s Mag. Mar. 498: She‘s a good-looker [...] although they say she’s gone off a little lately .
[US]Ade ‘The Fable of Successful Tobias’ in True Bills 26: Tobe used to go out every New-Year’s Day to meet the Good-Lookers and fuss around with them, for those were his Salad Days.
[US]Ade Knocking the Neighbors 126: Wilbur was a Good-Looker with raven Pompadour and large snappy Eyes.
[US]W.Y. Stevenson At the Front in a Flivver 5 Mar. [Internet] Only one good-looker aboard and the Captain has already nailed her --- curses!
[UK]S. Scott Human Side of Crook and Convict Life 225: You are a good-looker. If you can do the work I’ll give you a trial.
[UK]J. Curtis There Ain’t No Justice 59: The girl was a good-looker and well-dressed.
[US]N. Cassady letter in Charters (1993) 199: I saw she was better than handsome, a real good-looker.
[UK]P. Beveridge Inside the C.I.D. 83: ‘What did you think of Mrs. Ransom?’ ‘A good-looker but tough.’.
[US]H. Ellison ‘Memory of a Muted Trumpet’ in Gentleman Junkie (1961) 107: He turned back to the good-lookers who hung on his every word.
[Aus](con. 1944) L. Glassop Rats in New Guinea 177: A real good-looker [...] Just like her ole man.
R. Hoffman Getting Divorced from Mother and Dad 3: If only I could find a good-looker with brains and a sense of humor.
K. Oe Crazy Iris 146: You’re such a good looker now that I’d forgotten what you were like when you were little.
Raicu & Grewell Transitions: Lives In America 194: Gracie could be one elegant good looker when she set her mind to it.
B. Watson Life’s Not All Wine and Roses 1: A good-looker, well-educated, coming from a reputable, comfortably-off family.
good man (n.)

1. a boon companion, a roisterer; an admirable person, defined according to context.

[UK]‘W.S.’ Lamentable Tragedie of Locrine III iv: I but heare you goodman Oliuer?
[UK]Dekker The Belman of London C2: What though a Prating Constable, or a red nos’d beadle say to one of vs, Sir Goodman Rogue, if I serued you well I should see you whipped through the towne.
[UK]Rowlands Martin Mark-all 13: Why then should you bee so spitefull goodman Saunsbell to inueigh against vs poore soules.
[UK]Dick of Devonshire in Bullen II (1883) IV i: Pray, goodman rascall, how long have he and you bene Brothers?
[UK]Jonson Tale of a Tub I ii: Did you ever know ’un, goodman Clench?
[UK]True Characters of A Deceitful Petty-Fogger et al. 11: At first he bowed towards the Altar, and now if their Worships are absent, to Goodman Webb, and Goodman Bland, and the best Yeomanry of the Parish.
[UK]J. Addison Drummer III i: What Goodman Two-fold?
[UK] ‘The Sick Wife’ Pleasures of Coition iii: Her Husband’s Company she quits, / And throws herself on Bed, / The Good-Man, careful for n’own Dear, / Limps after to her Chamber.
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Good man, a word of various imports, according to the place where it is spoken: in the city it means a rich man; at Hockley in the Hole, or St. Giles’s, an expert boxer; at a bagnio in Covent Garden, a vigorous fornicator; at an alehouse or tavern, one who loves his pot or bottle; and sometimes, though but rarely, a virtuous man.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.

2. a gaoler.

[UK]Woodrow Hist. ii 636: The goodman at the Tolbooth came to him in his chamber, and told him he might save his life, if he would sign the petition [F&H].
good news (n.)

a general term of approval, whether of people, things or events.

[US]Newsweek 23 July 27: Bradley is good news on many levels.
[US]G.V. Higgins Rat on Fire (1982) 51: ‘See?’ Proctor said. ‘That is why rats’re good news.’.
good oil (n.) [oil n. (2c)]

(Aus.) the honest truth, true facts.

[Aus]W.H. Downing Digger Dialects 27: good oil — See oil.
[Aus](con. WWI) A.G. Pretty Gloss. of Sl. [...] in the A.I.F. 1921–1924 (rev. t/s) n.p.: good oil. ‘True information.’.
[Aus]L. Glassop Lucky Palmer 47: It’s the early bird that catches the good oil.
[Aus](con. 1941) E. Lambert Twenty Thousand Thieves 212: As soon as he gets the good oil on the Cups double, he’ll send it over.
[Aus]D. Stivens Jimmy Brockett 84: Coming from anyone else but O’Donnell I mightn’t have taken any notice, but that little shifty-eyed bastard usually had the good oil.
[Aus]A. Buzo Front Room Boys in Four Aus. Plays (1970) 60: Get back to work or I’ll dob you in to Hendo, and that’s the good oil.
[Aus](con. 1941) R. Beilby Gunner 167: Why would I want to have you on? It’s dinkum, I tell you, the good oil.
[Aus]B. Humphries Traveller’s Tool 30: Shit-scared of going to Australia until I gave them the good oil.
[Aus]S. Maloney Brush-Off (1998) 133: Faye also wanted the good oil on the Cabinet reshuffle.
good one (n.)

see separate entry.

good shit (n.)

see separate entries.

good stuff (n.) [stuff n. (5c)]

1. hard liquor.

[UK] ‘Nothing like Grog’ in A Garland of New Songs (56) 3: A cann of good stuff, had they twigg’d it, / Would have set them for pleasure agog.
[UK]‘Bill Truck’ Man o’ War’s Man (1843) 362: You sha’nt want plenty of the good stuff to keep the wind out of your stomachs.
[US]W.P. McGivern ‘Manchu Terror’ in Goodstone Pulps (1970) 27/1: He bought me a drink when I came in as a rule. The good stuff.
[US]J. Steinbeck Sweet Thursday (1955) 93: The boys request the pleasure of your company at their joint tomorrow aft. to drink a slug of good stuff.
[US] in Current Sl. IV:3–4 (1970).

2. (US drugs, also bad stuff) effective, high-quality, pleasant drugs.

[US]J. Mills Panic in Needle Park (1971) 33: Man, Buster had got the good stuff, I mean even in this panic he’s always got good stuff.
[US]P. Thomas Down These Mean Streets (1970) 58: You gonna like thees pot. Eet’s good stuff. [Ibid.] 110: We’ve got some bad stuff, real down and we’re going high.
[US]E.E. Landy Underground Dict. (1972).
[US]R. Klein Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub. ms.].
[US]ONDCP Street Terms 10: Good stuff — High potency drug, especially marijuana.

3. (US black) sexual sophistication.

[US]N. Heard To Reach a Dream 6: She got some good stuff, baby.
[US]R. Klein Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub. ms.].

4. success in a confidence trick, in deception.

[US]R. Klein Jailhouse Jargon and Street Sl. [unpub. ms.].
good thing (n.)

see separate entry.

good time (n.)

see separate entries.

good-time Charlie/Jane

see separate entries.

good ’un (n.)

see separate entry.

good woman (n.) (also quiet woman, silent...) [the implication is that her ‘goodness’ stems from the fact that bereft of a head she cannot scold. A similar sign depicts an honest lawyer, the absence of his head deprives him of the ability to lie]

a common public house sign representing a woman without a head.

[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 230: Just at the side of Croydon Common, / He kept the sign o’ th’ Silent Woman / (A Silent Woman, Sir, you said! / Pray, was she drawn without a head?).
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Good woman, a non descript, represented on a famous sign in St. Giles’s in the form of a common woman, but without a head.
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (4th edn) I 308: [as cit. 1772].
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Leaves from Diary of Celebrated Burglar 82/2: We [...] hired a hack to take us to a public-house kept by the head ‘cop’ of the town, called the ‘Quiet Woman,’ having as a sign the picture of a woman with her head cut off.
[UK]Sl. Dict.
goodyear (n.)

see separate entries.

In phrases

all good (adj.) [ext. of SE use]

1. (US black teen) fine, great.

Daz Dillinger ‘Only For ’ [lyrics] But it’s all good baby, you lose some, you gain some.
[US]L. Stavsky et al. A2Z 54/2: it’s all good – everything is going well.
[US]2Pac ‘Can U get Away’ [lyrics] Don’t cry, it’s all good.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Sept. 4: it’s all good – expression that things are working out fine.
[US]Da Bomb [Internet] 1: All good: Fine, great, terrific, okay. A slang is a slang; they’re all good.
[UK]Dizzee Rascal ‘Flyin’’ [lyrics] Would you call me a sell-out or would you say it’s all good?
[US]C. Hiaasen Star Island (2011) 47: I go with the flow. It’s all good.

2. indifferent [ext. of sense 1 to suggest rote agreement rather than actual enthusiasm].

[US]C. Eble (ed.) UNC-CH Campus Sl. 2011 1: ALLGOOD — indifferent, undiscerning: ‘The sorority sisters reacted ‘allgood’ to Jane’s critical remarks.’.
as good as you would desire to piss (up)on (adj.) (also as honest as you would desire to piss upon)

excellent, first-rate.

T. Brown Amusments Serious and Comical (1744) III 91: There are some Quacks as Honest fellows as you would desire to Piss upon.
[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 485/2: late C.17–early 19.
get good (to someone) (v.)

(US black) to be carried away by one’s enthusiasms while performing a task.

[US]A. Young Snakes (1971) 47: We all wanted to get good, split town, cut records ourselves.
‘Ridin’ Shotgun’ n Muscle Car Power Mag. Issue 1 [Internet] 3: Don’t it get good to ya, do ya know what I mean?
get in good (with) (v.) (also be/keep in good (with))

(US) to find favour with.

[US]Ocala Banner (FL) 1 Sept. 6/6: Come to Ocala, Brother Metropolis, and get good.
[US]W.R. Burnett Little Caesar (1932) 150: ‘Yeah,’ said the look-out, eager to get in good.
[US]D. Lamson We Who Are About to Die 194: The kid wanted to get in good with his old man.
[US]J.D. Salinger Catcher in the Rye (1958) 92: You could tell she was just trying to get in good with me. So that I’d tell old D.B. about it.
[US]E. De Roo Big Rumble 68: You can get in good with Arline Kagen if you want to.
[Aus](con. 1941) R. Beilby Gunner 136: We got in good with the Grecos, buyin’ eggs an’ veges an’ that.
E. Caldwell Conversations 98: The reviewer likes to be in good with the advertisement department so he can be sure to get the advertising.
G. Clark Cry, Wolf 19: He’s always goin’ on ’bout how yer in good with God.
in T. Weaver Eye on Science Fiction 101: They probably wanted to use her in order to keep in good with Sinatra.
good a piece as ever strode a pot (n.) [a woman ‘bestrides’ a chamberpot to urinate]

a phr. used of an admirable woman, as good as one might find.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (1984) 485/2: C.19–early 20.
good-looking pictures (n.)

(UK Und.) coins bearing the monarch’s head.

[UK]‘T.B. Jr’ Pettyfogger Dramatized I iii: There’s only two of these good-looking pictures betwixt you and the Pillory, hand ’em over! [...] [note] Alluding to his Majesty’s Profile on a Guinea.
goodman turd (n.) (also goodman fool) [good man + turd n.]

a derog. description of another person .

[UK]Florio Worlde of Wordes n.p.: Dométa, an old worde for a shitten fellow, or goodman-turde.
[UK]R. Brome City Wit V i: Why Goodman Fool, you Coxcomb, you Ninnihammer, you Clotpold Countrey Gentleman.
goodnight…

see separate entry.

good on the fang (adj.)

(Aus.) a phr. used of one known as an enthusiastic eater.

[Aus]‘Nino Culotta’ They’re a Weird Mob (1958) 109: Jimmy got himself some bread and butter and an open tin of jam. ‘Yer good on the fang, mate,’ said Joe.
[Aus]Canberra Times (ACT) 1 Nov. 24/2: Dinner for two, that is, and this is where the trouble’s going to start, be cause the two, I presume, means Janet and myself. But I feel that my editor, who is also good on the fang, should be cut in.
[Aus]Canberra Times (ACT) 25 May 23/5: Ms Johansen is in full mush mode defining good on the fang (hearty eater), and haven’t got a pot to piss in (without money).
good on/upon the star (adj.) (also good on/upon the crack) [the ‘starring’ of the window when one breaks the glass]

(UK Und.) easy to break into, usu. of a window.

[UK]Vaux Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 244: GOOD: a place or person, which promises to be easily robbed, is said to be good, as, that house is good upon the crack; this shop is good upon the star.
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc.
[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict.
[US]A.J. Pollock Und. Speaks.
good to go (adj.) [go v. (1b)]

1. (US black teen) sexually available; usu. said by men when referring to a woman they presume they would be able to have sex with, e.g. babe’s good to go.

[UK]‘A Rum-Un to Look At’ in Libertine’s Songster in Spedding & Watt (eds) I 136: Her charms folks may hook at, / She’s a rum-un to look at / But yet she’s a good von to go, to go, to go.
[US]Tenacious D ‘Explosivo’ [lyrics] What’s the name of my girlfriend / I don’t know, / But she’s built like the shit / And she’s good to go, go, / She’s good to go, / She’s good to go.

2. (US black teen) used as a positive reply to ‘how are you?’.

Real Roxanne ‘Bang Zoom’ [lyrics] I’m good to go.
[US]D. Burke Street Talk 2 34: ‘Hey, homes [...] how ya living?’ ‘Yo G! Good to go, man.’.

3. (US) set to succeed .

[US]C. Eble (ed.) UNC-CH Campus Sl. Spring 2014 7: GOOD TO GO — likely to succeed: X: ‘I don’t know if I should ask her out.’ Y: ‘Dude, it’s good to go’.
good voice to beg bacon (n.) (also bien squawl to maund bacon) [bene adj. + squall n.2 + maund v.]

a very unmelodious singing voice and therefore good only for begging.

[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew.
[UK]New Canting Dict. n.p.: The Cove has a bien Squawl to maund Bacon; i.e. He has a good Voice to beg Bacon; us’d to jeer a bad Voice, or an indifferent Singer.
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. 1725].
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]Wells Jrnl 28 Apr. 4/3: He has a good voice to beg bacon.

In exclamations

good deal!

(US) an expression of approval or congratulation, well done! that’s wonderful!

[US]D.W. Hamilton ‘Pacific War Lang.’ in AS XXII:1 Feb. 55: good deal. Fine, glad to hear it, okay by me.
[US]P. Munro Sl. U. 95: You got enrolled in all the classes you wanted? Good deal!
good egg!

see separate entry.

good future!

(US campus) a sarcastic response to the speaker’s announcement of some form of menial employment, i.e. what a good job! aren’t you lucky!

[US]P. Munro Sl. U. 96: You’re a cashier at Big Burger? Good future!
good gravy!

(US/Aus.) a mild expletive.

J.F. Kelly Humors of Falconbridge 357: Good gravy, but don’t they?
[US]M. Levin Reporter 196: Good gravy! Were all of them insensible!
[US]W. Styron Set This House on Fire 316: Good gravy, Cass!
[US]T. Berger Who is Teddy Villanova? 49: ‘Good Gravy!’ he exclaimed.
[Aus]N. Keesing Lily on the Dustbin 24: Women used to let off steam domestically with a fine range of substitute expletives. ‘Holy Moses!’, ‘Holy mackerel!’, ‘great balls of fire’, ‘good gravy’, ‘jumping Jehosaphat’, and ‘muddy great buckets of pitch’.
D. Burke Slangman Guide to Dirty Eng. 87: Another less popular version of this phrase [i.e. ‘good grief!’] is ‘Good gravy!’.
good grief! (also great grief! spare my grief!) [dial.]

a general excl. of surprise and/or dismay.

[UK]J. Wright EDD.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 10 Oct. 47/1: ‘There’s our blighted advertisers and our readers – Spare my grief! / But we’ve got to please the public!’ moaned the editor-in-chief.
[US]F.P. Adams So Much Velvet 41: Great grief! what stuff they used to stand for!
[US]R. Chandler High Window 197: Speak plainly, Mr Marlowe. I can stand plain talk.’ ‘Good grief, how plain do you want it?’.
[UK]Dundee Courier 6 Nov. 3/6: Good grief, I thought, this is an invasion and we’re on the wrong side!
[UK]Galton & Simpson ‘Economy Drive’ Hancock’s Half-Hour [TV script] Good grief, woman, this is sheer extortion!
[UK]T. Parker Frying-Pan 22: I’ve been in the Prison Service [...] good grief, yes it’s getting on for twenty-one years.
[UK]F. Taylor Auf Wiedersehen Pet Two 1: Good grief, was all he could think.
[UK]Indep. Rev. 30 Aug. 1: Good grief, I exclaim.
[UK]T. Blacker Kill Your Darlings 263: Her old-fashioned expletives. Goodness. Blimey. Sugar. Good grief.
good iron! [quoits jargon good iron, a good throw] (Aus.)

a general excl. of approval, congratulations (cf. good iron ).

[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 3 June 1/7: Narra won of ’em sez anythin but ‘Straight wire,’ ‘My oath,’ and ‘Good iron’.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 7 Dec. 37/1: ‘I can tell you where to look, and, if you can find out for certain that the still is there, I’ll give you a half-share of the reward.’ ‘Good iron!’ says Jap, ‘but how am I to find out?’.
[Aus]G. Seagram Bushmen All 132: Not Mickey the Dart? Yes? Good iron!
[Aus](con. 1830s–60s) ‘Miles Franklin’ All That Swagger 79: Good iron!
good-o!

see separate entry.

good on you! [often seen as Aus., the term is now equally common in UK and Ireland. Share suggests that the origin lies in Irish rinne sé mhaith orm, lit. ‘he made/did his good on me’]

(Aus./Irish) a general expression of approbation, thanks etc; also abbr. to good.

[UK]Marvel 22 Dec. 640: Good on the ‘Little Baron’! – which was the name Gerald had come to be known by.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 1 Dec. 18/1: Get to ’im, Lad!... You’re on a blanky drink / If you can wooden ’im! Good on yer, Bert!
[UK]Marvel 3 Mar. 5: Go it, Bodder! Good on you!
[Aus]K.S. Prichard Working Bullocks 146: Good on you, Red.
[Aus]K. Tennant Battlers 190: ‘I wouldn’t have nothing to do with the p’lice.’ ‘Good on you, missus.’.
[Aus](con. 1941) E. Lambert Twenty Thousand Thieves 53: Good on you, mates!
[Aus]‘Nino Culotta’ Cop This Lot 177: Good on yer, matey. Didn’ see wot yer did, but ut worked.
[Aus]A. Buzo The Roy Murphy Show (1973) 131: Good on you, Charles.
I. Murdoch Good Apprentice (2001) 519: ‘I could have any girl in London!’ ‘Good on you, Edward,’ said Harry.
[Aus]L. Davies Candy 22: Good on ya, mate.
J. Cody Home for Christmas 1: Good on you, girl! Gimme a look!
[Aus]D. McDonald Luck in the Greater West (2008) 129: Fuckin good on ’im.