stand someone/something in good stead

Definition of stand someone/something in good stead

formal

  1. :  to be useful or helpful to someone or something His language skills will stand him in good stead when he is traveling.

Word by Word Definitions

standplay
  1. :  to support oneself on the feet in an erect position

    :  to be a specified height when fully erect

    :  to rise to an erect position

  1. :  a halt for defense or resistance

    :  an often defensive effort of some duration or degree of success

    :  a stop made to give a performance

someoneplay
  1. :  some person :  somebody

somethingplay
  1. :  some indeterminate or unspecified thing

    :  a person or thing of consequence

    :  one having more or less the character, qualities, or nature of something different

  1. :  in some degree :  somewhat

    : used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

goodplay
  1. :  of a favorable character or tendency

    :  bountiful, fertile

    :  handsome, attractive

  1. :  something that is good

    :  something conforming to the moral order of the universe

    :  praiseworthy character :  goodness

  1. :  well

    : used as an intensive

steadplay
  1. :  locality, place

    :  advantage

    :  the office, place, or function ordinarily occupied or carried out by someone or something else

  1. :  to be of avail to :  help


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