• WordNet 3.6
    • adj no-good returned for lack of funds "a rubber check","a no-good check"
    • adj no-good without merit "a sorry horse","a sorry excuse","a lazy no-count, good-for-nothing goldbrick","the car was a no-good piece of junk"
    • ***


  • Henry David Thoreau
    “There is no odor so bad as that which arises from goodness tainted.”
  • Giuseppe Mazzini
    “Good council has no price.”
  • Lee Rudolph
    Lee Rudolph
    “No one wants a good education. Everyone wants a good degree.”
  • Doug Horton
    “There is no bad in good.”
  • Count Leo Tolstoy
    “There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness and truth.”
  • John Fountain.
    John Fountain.
    “Happy were men if they but understood There is no safety but in doing good”


It's an ill wind that blows no good - This is said when things have gone wrong; the idea being that when bad things happen, there can also be some positive results.
No good deed goes unpunished - This means that life is unfair and people can do or try to do good things and still end up in a lot of trouble.


In literature:

Robinson once said; he thought we should hear no good of them.
"Bradford's History of 'Plimoth Plantation'" by William Bradford
I like the flowering of muslin better, but mother says too much of it is no' good for the een.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
No more clean, nice, tidy boarding-houses for me, no matter how home-like it is, nor how good a talker the old woman is.
"Twenty Years of Hus'ling" by J. P. Johnston
It used to be that one man would walk up to another and say, 'You ain't no good.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
But, Ralph, it is no good going over all that again.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
I have always said that she would do you no good.
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
He will do no good till the priggishness is knocked out of him.
"Hopes and Fears scenes from the life of a spinster" by Charlotte M. Yonge
But it's no good our bothering about it,' and I walked a little faster, and began to whistle.
"Peterkin" by Mary Louisa Molesworth
Thinking about it don't do no good.
"The Hero of Garside School" by J. Harwood Panting
I've come to tell you I fear that Sam was at no good last night.
"The Vicar of Bullhampton" by Anthony Trollope
No, I'm afraid that it would be no good appealing to your father.
"The Wooden Horse" by Hugh Walpole
His overseers some was no good, but master wouldn't let them treat slaves cruel, just light whipping.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
There was no time wherein we may suppose that he had no good design going on.
"Biographia Scoticana (Scots Worthies)" by John Howie
No; that is not right, for they both had youth, good health and habits, and good educations.
"Uncle Terry" by Charles Clark Munn
Dat ain' no good we set de trap wit'out no bait.
"Connie Morgan in the Fur Country" by James B. Hendryx
Maggie was no good whatever at needlework, and seldom joined the band of needlewomen.
"The School Queens" by L. T. Meade
Hit were a long time ago, though, 'fore anybody knowed he wa'n't no good.
"The River Prophet" by Raymond S. Spears
He could not understand it, he knew it was no good his trying.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
There is no use in these tears; they can do no good.
"The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of Jane Austen" by Jane Austen
For my own part I see no good purpose to be gained by music.
"The Orange Girl" by Walter Besant

In poetry:

"Oh no, oh no, my brither dear,
That thing maun never be;
Tak ye your good sword in your hand,
An come your wa's wi me."
"Traditionary Version" by Andrew Lang
'Oh no, oh no, my brither dear,
That thing maun never be;
Tak ye your good sword in your hand,
An come your wa's wi me.'
"The Battle Of Harlaw" by Anonymous British
I know thou hast no good, and see
I cannot stand on terms with thee,
Whose fall has left thee nought to claim,
Nor aught to boast but sin and shame."
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
O well wept, mother have lost son;
Wept, wife; wept, sweetheart would be one:
Though grief yield them no good
Yet shed what tears sad truelove should.
"The Loss Of The Eurydice" by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Good-night? ... Good-bye! for I must leave thee,
My boat is waiting on the shore;
May I not hope that it will grieve thee,
When thou shalt see me here no more?
"Leo" by John Lawson Stoddard
My own good king was hunting gone,
They whom no deerlike terror won,
His Feinne, through the secret glens followed, and we
Descended the slopes that lead down to the sea.
"The Death Of The Boar" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell

In news:

How do these mean, lying, no-good, manipulative thieves see themselves.
Ryan's pass complete to Jones for 11 yards, TOUCHDOWN (2-pt conversion is no good.
Is there any job that is just right for an ex-pirate who is no good at plundering but loves to tell stories.
The judge in Nevada who upheld a gay marriage ban had no good reason at all.
"There is no good way for us to calculate with any accuracy the cost of closing federal government buildings," spokesman Thomas Richards said in an e-mail.
Limiting speech can do no good.
No good old days for the disabled.
It's an ill wind that blows no good.
I ducked behind the stack, but it did no good.
Whether you are using the Report Filter or the new Excel 2010 Slicer feature in a pivot table, there is really no good way to change the filter with a formula.
There is really no "good" way to change the filter with a formula.
The owners agreed that before them there was no good spot for oysters in Orange County.
CSU has no good choice but to build new football stadium .
There's no good reason to vandalize gay man 's house.
No one who ever met him left without a good feeling -- and a good story.

In science:

In fact the fit is surprisingly good over a range of Q2 which is remarkably large given that there is no QCD evolution present in the model.
Parton Saturation-An Overview
In addition, x is good if there are no normal i-nodes above x.
The representation theory of the Ariki-Koike and cyclotomic q-Schur algebras
For p close to pc it is possible to show that there is (a.s.) no point in the lattice that satisfies the definition of a good point (Definition 1 on page 4).
The speed of biased random walk on percolation clusters
Likewise, no corrections were applied to the velocities of Sharples et al. (1998) and Zepf et al. (2000), since both datasets show good agreement with our measurements.
Dynamics of the Globular Cluster System Associated with M49 (NGC4472): Cluster Orbital Properties and the Distribution of Dark Matter
No Difference): There is no good reason to distinguish the possibilities (Stat) and (Rot).
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
This indeed gives good agreement with the measured values in the no obstacle case.
Localization of Polymers in Random Media: Analogy with Quantum Particles in Disorder
As p′ (T ) = no(1)π ′ (T ) for each good T , we have PT p′ (T ) = n−1+ε+o(1) .
The phase transition in inhomogeneous random graphs
The Bayesian analysis indicated no viable orbital solutions beyond the one presented here, and the orbital parameter estimates and uncertainties produced by the MarquardtLevenberg and Bayesian analyses are in good agreement.
Dynamical Masses for Low-Mass Pre-Main Sequence Stars: A Preliminary Physical Orbit for HD 98800 B
Deblending brings the 3C/3D ratio into good agreement with the experimental ratio; hence, we find no need to invoke resonance scattering.
The Transparency of Solar Coronal Active Regions
If the pump pulse duration approaches the value of the cavity decay time τc,mm Eq. (16) is no longer a good fit to the output versus input power graph.
Intrinsic fluctuations in random lasers
Good: absolutely no wavenumber contributions for k > (2/3)kmax , which would immediately give errors.
Computational Euler History
However, the 6 parameter case with no running is a very good fit, except in the low ℓ regime.
Roulette Inflation with K\"ahler Moduli and their Axions
The CY compactification scenario was analyzed using perturbation theory, but there is no good reason to believe that the string coupling should be small.
String Theory: Progress and Problems
If a profile displays too much curvature, with no clear linear disk portion, then it is a good candidate for a pure r1/4 fit (see Figure 8, NGC 3193).
ARCHANGEL Galaxy Photometry System
In particular, if ℓ is a good prime for G, then there is no ℓ-torsion in the rest of the cohomology of Omin .
Cohomology of the minimal nilpotent orbit