be any good

be any good
be any (or no or much) good
have some (or none or much) merit

tell me whether that picture is any good

be of some (or none or much) help in dealing with a situation

it was no good trying to ward things off

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be any good
: to be useful or helpful

Would an apology be any good? [=any use]

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Main Entry:good

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