get the goods on someone = have the goods on someone
obtain (or possess) information about a person which may be used to their detriment – informal
RELATED IDIOMS :
all to the good
to be welcomed without qualification
as good as
1997 - Cosmopolitan - If you are famous, you can't allow someone to diss you without retaliating - it's as good as admitting they're more important than you.
as good as gold
as good as new
in a very good condition or state, especially close to the original state after damage, injury or illness
be good news
be an asset
be commendable or admirable - informal
be in good company
be in the same situation as someone important or respected
be to the good
have a specified amount of profit or advantage
1992 - Guardian - By then Sheffield were a goal to the good.
come up with the goods = deliver the goods
do what is expected or required of you – informal
used as an intensifier before an adjective or adverb - informal
1998 - Barbara Kingsolver - The Poisonwood Bible - As soon as I had her good and terrified I'd slip away.
reliable information – Australian informal
This expression has behind it the image of oil that is used to lubricate a machine and so ensure that it runs well.
a charitable or helpful person
In the Bible, Jesus tells the parable of a man who went down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell among thieves (Luke : 10). The first two people who came across him lying stripped and wounded by the side of the road passed by on the other side. It was the third man, a Samaritan (i.e. a man from Samaria) who took pity on him and helped him.
have a good mind to do something
be very much inclined to do something
in good time
with no risk of being late
in due course but without haste
in his good books
in favour with someone
no good to gundy
no good at all – Australian informal
1955 - Nina Pulliam - I Traveled a Lonely Land – Just cards and races and booze—and fighting. No good to Gundy!
one good turn deserves another
if someone does you a favour, you should take the chance to repay it
take something in good part
not be offended by something
up to no good
doing or intending to do something wrong – informal
1997 - Iain Sinclair - Lights Out for the Territory - 'Here we are then,' he said, 'two boyos from the valleys up to no good in the big, wicked city.”
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