I have a question about a set phrase, as good as. I've learned as good as as a set phrase, which means nearly or almost, as in According to him, the report is as good as done. She owes me an apology - she as good as called me a liar. Source: http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/as+good+as I made up a sentence, "He was as good as forced to quit the job." and then asked someone I know whether the sentence is okay or not. She told me that "as good as" is usually used to compare to things and recommended this expression instead "He was pushed to quit the job.". I understand what she means. What I really want to ask is: Is the expression, "as good as" barely used that way? and is it better to avoid using it in general? Please help me with this. I'll appreciate any help. Thank you in advance.