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?


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 '12 at 15:38
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