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A Goodish Amount

‘Goodish’ can mean a large amount (‘add a goodish amount of sugar to the mixture’) and can also mean good but not that good, as in:

That horse has been goodish this season but he has a long way to go before he’s ready for the big race.

The Free Dictionary cites several sources, including this use of goodish from¬†Charles Dickens’ Barnaby Rudge in the person of Solomon Daisy,¬†the parish clerk of Chigwell:

Ay, but then you know,’ returned Solomon Daisy, ‘his house is a goodish way out of London, and they do say that the rioters won’t go more than two miles, or three at the farthest, off the stones.


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