for good and for ill

idiom

: in good ways and in bad ways
After the war, the country was changed, for good and for ill.

Examples of for good and for ill in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But this is the way the game is usually played, for good and for ill. Diane Brady, Fortune, 8 Apr. 2024 But that blockchain ledger system came at an enormous privacy cost: In Bitcoin, for good and for ill, everyone was a witness to every payment. Andy Greenberg, Ars Technica, 18 Jan. 2024 Like his other great performances, the scene relies on finding the unfamiliar, the strange, and the unexpected in a role, for good and for ill. Isaac Butler, The New Yorker, 1 Dec. 2023 Because Ahsoka could not more blatantly be a sequel to Rebels, for good and for ill. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 22 Aug. 2023 Some of us internalize our pain, while others find ways to channel it out into the world, for good and for ill. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 9 Aug. 2023 All the darlings have survived, resulting in a show that has had to expand itself to accommodate them, for good and for ill. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 10 Mar. 2023 Writing in 1929, Hartlaub considered all that his term had come to represent in Germany, for good and for ill. A.j. Goldmann, WSJ, 11 Aug. 2022 Connie Britton is a powerhouse as a CEO whose husband (Steve Zahn) is undergoing various traumas, while their two kids are forced to look up from their phones, for good and for ill. BostonGlobe.com, 9 July 2021

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“For good and for ill.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/for%20good%20and%20for%20ill. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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