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    Smile to keep someone's good will

    'to keep someone's good will'.
    What does this mean?
    Does it mean 'to attract someone' or something like that?
    Please give me some examples of this idiom.

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    Re: to keep someone's good will

    Quote Originally Posted by peppy_man View Post
    'to keep someone's good will'.
    What does this mean?
    Does it mean 'to attract someone' or something like that?
    Please give me some examples of this idiom.
    Not quite. 'Good will' = positive feelings towards someone or something.

    He seems quite friendly. As long as we continue to do what what we've done before, we should keep his good will.

    The present days are sometimes called 'the season of good will' - feeling positive/friendly towards other people.

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    Re: to keep someone's good will

    Here's an example:

    You're having dinner at a restaurant that you've been to several times before. Only this time the service is very slow and the food is cold. You mention this to the manager, and he tells you that there will be no charge for your meal, it is "on the house."
    This is a gesture of good will - he wants you to keep coming back to his restaurant and to recommend it to your friends. He lost money on this one meal, but he has kept your good will and will profit in the future.

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