deliver the goods

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v deliver the goods attain success or reach a desired goal "The enterprise succeeded","We succeeded in getting tickets to the show","she struggled to overcome her handicap and won"
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Quotations

  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “The Jews generally give value. They make you pay; but they deliver the goods. In my experience the men who want something for nothing are invariably Christians.”

Idioms

Deliver the goods - Do what is required, come up to expectations. For example, Kate delivered the goods and got us the five votes we needed. This phrase alludes to delivering an order of groceries or other items. [Colloquial; second half of 1800s]
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Usage

In literature:

The jobbers are watching us and we've got to show them we can deliver the goods.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
But the "goods" are not delivered over in the ordinary manner.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
His speech was considered by good judges the best ever delivered in Congress.
"History Plays for the Grammar Grades" by Mary Ella Lyng
I'm just a born peddler and I know I make more when I can deliver the goods the minute they are bought and paid for.
"The Comings of Cousin Ann" by Emma Speed Sampson
He is a good man, but he will not deliver the murderer of my child.
"Billy Topsail & Company" by Norman Duncan
The singing was good, the sermon grammatical and well delivered, and yet Jimmy left the church with a feeling of dissatisfaction.
"People of Position" by Stanley Portal Hyatt
Pay a big price to the man who can deliver the goods.
"The Island Mystery" by George A. Birmingham
Dad can't deliver the goods.
"The Flockmaster of Poison Creek" by George W. Ogden
The debt was for goods delivered to be sold in the way of trade.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
John Wanamaker himself delivered the goods in a wheel barrow.
"Modern Americans" by Chester Sanford
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In poetry:

From the wheel and the drift of Things
Deliver us, Good Lord,
And we will face the wrath of Kings,
The faggot and the sword!
"The Prayer of Miriam Cohen" by Rudyard Kipling
The Spirit of the Lord arose,
And made the earth and heaven to quiver,
And scattered all his hellish foes,
And deigned his good stock to deliver
From all their woes.
"Mount Arafa" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
"Rise up, rise up, thou Satan, upon the Earth to go,
"And prove the Peace of Dives if it be good or no:
"For all that he hath planned
"We deliver to thy hand,
"As thy skill shall serve, to break it or bring low."
"The Peace of Dives" by Rudyard Kipling
Now Poole sticks be 'is Party, an' I don't deny 'is right;
But when he starts abusin' mine 'e's lookin' for a fight.
So I delivers good 'ome truths about 'is crowd, then Poole
Wags 'is ole beard across the fence an' tells me I'm a fool.
"Over the Fence" by C J Dennis

In news:

VDOT officials delivered good news and bad news on the 23-mile Dulles Corridor Metrorail project during a news conference March 29 at the VDOT Virginia Megaprojects office.
For a movie made from spare parts — take The Exorcist and attach to The Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity — The Last Exorcism delivers the heebie-jeebie goods.
On the Grind Delivers a Push for Good .
Lady Gaga delivers the goods on new CD.
One friend always delivers the goods when we meet to celebrate, parading in with a big box full of gingerbread men and women from a bakery on Greenville Avenue.
The archbishop of Havana Cardinal Jaime Ortega will deliver Good Friday mass at the capital's cathedral.
She then delivered the food to the Good News Cafe at First Baptist Church, to be used to feed the people who come each Monday for a free warm meal, some of whom are homeless.
On the Grind Delivers a Push for Good.
Now that he's gone, his good friend and his father are honoring his legacy by continuing to deliver solar-powered lamps to some of the poorest people in the world.
Joe Cartoon For viewers young and old, the US special-forces team still delivers the goods.
For a good time for all members of the family, Medieval Times delivers.
Here's a sure sign your state is in deep trouble: when the governor delivers -- just in time for the holidays -- the "good news" that he's only going to have to trigger $1 billion in mid-year budget cuts.
NBC got pretty good mileage out of its "Mockingbird Lane" pilot on Friday, as it delivered the net's best numbers in the timeslot this fall.
NBC got pretty good mileage out of its " Mockingbird Lane" pilot on Friday, as it delivered the net's best numbers in the timeslot this fall.
Funk fest delivered the old-school goods at Hampton Coliseum.
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In science:

Each unit interacts with other units in the network by (i) producing/delivering goods and (ii) receiving/consuming goods from other units.
Stability and dynamical properties of material flow systems on random networks
In dynamic path planning we cannot wait until reaching the optimal solution because we must deliver a “good enough” plan within some time quantum.
Combining a Probabilistic Sampling Technique and Simple Heuristics to solve the Dynamic Path Planning Problem
If one believes the pizzas are equally good and the price is the same, we will chose the company we believe is more often delivering on time.
Axioms for Rational Reinforcement Learning
In fact, this is the key point which makes fixed relays a good candidate for delivering green communication as well as a general improvement of network performance.
Green Cellular Networks: A Survey, Some Research Issues and Challenges
The material thickness of the intermediate layer at 40 cm must be thin (of order 0.03 radiation lengths) to reduce multiple scattering and deliver good momentum resolution.
sPHENIX: An Upgrade Concept from the PHENIX Collaboration
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