what good

idiom

used to say that one does not think that something is helpful, useful, or worth doing
What good is a college education when you can't get a job after you graduate?
What good does it do to bring an umbrella along if you are only going to leave it in the car?
I could try talking to him, but what good would that do/be? He has already made up his mind.

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Recent Examples on the Web And what good would an AI conference be without overheard nuggets of gossip? Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 23 May 2024 Advertisement Arambula knows what good corn tortillas taste like. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 22 May 2024 Be sure to set expectations and explain what good looks like to get the best results. Christine Faulhaber, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2024 Studio 6 motel a hub for crime, parents say Aside from concerns of communication with residents, parents demanded to know what good would come from the motel. Nicole Lopez, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 22 Feb. 2024 After all, what good is watching a sad woman with a warped sense of self nip and tuck her face and body into oblivion if the results aren't compared and judged before a national audience? 18 of 19 Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? Ew Staff Updated, EW.com, 29 Nov. 2023 The idea is rooted in the notion that understanding the world often involves identifying patterns and making sense of complexity, which, as mentioned above, is similar to what good data compression does. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 28 Sep. 2023 Though, the recent debacle regarding the sacking and re-hiring of Sam Altman as CEO of OpenAI certainly casts a blurry view of what good governance looks like. 3. Ajay Khari, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 Viewed in a generous light, these contests could be seen as a vehicle for Russian soft power in much the same way that American movies defined what good guys and bad guys are supposed to look like for viewers around the world. Simon Shuster, TIME, 4 Jan. 2024

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“What good.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/what%20good. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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