for all the good

  • Florentia52

    Modwoman in the attic
    English - United States
    Where did you find this sentence, Nadeem Khan? In what situation was it used? Which word or phrase in it is confusing you?
     

    Nadeem Khan

    Senior Member
    India - Hindi & English
    I found this sentence in Oxford advanced learner's dictionary 8th edition. There is written:

    Used to say that sth is not important or of no interest or value to you/sb

    For all the good it's done we might as well not have bothered.
     

    velisarius

    Senior Member
    British English (Sussex)
    (Old thread revived)
    For all the good it's done we might as well not have bothered.
    This means that "it" didn't produce the desired results, so our efforts were in vain.

    "For all the good it has done" is ironic: it wasn't productive/it was useless/it didn't do any good (or not enough to make it worthwhile).

    Used to say that sth is not important or of no interest or value to you/sb
    That doesn't seem to me to be a very good explanation of the phrase.
     
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