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".


I believe it to be equivalent to for better or worse or the recently over-wrung it is what it is.

  • i totally makes sense, thank you. although sorry because my reputation is not high enough to vote for you.
    – Nojan
    Apr 5, 2012 at 15:38
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