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I saw a scene in Downton Abbey in which one character said,

Here we are, ma'am, Crawley House. For good or ill.

What does "for good or ill" mean here?

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The phrase for good or ill is a slightly antiquated way of saying "for better or worse".

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thank you very much –  NOjAN Apr 5 '12 at 15:38
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I believe it to be equivalent to for better or worse or the recently over-wrung it is what it is.

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i totally makes sense, thank you. although sorry because my reputation is not high enough to vote for you. –  NOjAN Apr 5 '12 at 15:38
    
You are welcome. Feel free to click the check mark to accept whichever answer you accept as the correct one. –  cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Apr 5 '12 at 15:41
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