good offices


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good offices

pl.n.
Services done for another, especially when done as a mediator.

good′ of′fices


n.pl.
1. services rendered, esp. by someone in an influential position.
2. services rendered by a mediator in a dispute.
References in classic literature ?
But such was either the hatred or avarice of this man, that instead of doing us the good offices he pretended, he advised the King to refuse our present, that he might draw from us something more valuable.
But the wood-fire is a kindly, cheerful, sociable spirit, sympathizing with mankind, and knowing that to create warmth is but one of the good offices which are expected from it.
In plain English, when you have made your fortune by the good offices of a friend, you are advised to discard him as soon as you can.
And Lucy perhaps at first might think only of procuring his good offices in my favour.
Why I mean, that your friendships are generally interested; that it requires services and good offices to support it.
Her recent good offices by Anne had been enough in themselves, and their marriage, instead of depriving her of one friend, secured her two.
He ordered his coach to wait at a distance, and desired I would give him an hours audience; which I readily consented to, on account of his quality and personal merits, as well as of the many good offices he had done me during my solicitations at court.
Throughout the whole of the journey, the old chief and the guide were unremitting in their good offices, and continually on the alert to select the best roads, and assist them through all difficulties.
Willingly, and a small return for your good offices.
He had been recommended to the favor of Judge Temple by the head of an eminent mercantile house in New York, with whom Marmaduke was in habits of intimacy, and accustomed to exchange good offices.
You encourage me to say that I have come here now, to beg your good offices.
Price, or the good offices of Rebecca, everything was rationally and duly accomplished, and the girls were ready for the morrow.