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in someone's good books Informal

Meaning: If you're in someone's good books, they are pleased with you.

For example:

  • Ever since I helped her son get into university, I've been in Jean's good books and she's been very nice to me.

  • All you have to do to get into his good books is to agree with everything he says.

Note: This idiom means the opposite to "in someone's bad books."

Quick Quiz:

I've been in Harry's good books ever since I
  1. crashed his car
  2. fixed his computer
  3. got drunk at his wedding

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