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Kirill Vorobyov
Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 5:00:28 AM

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Hello!
It's amazing how I can't quite figure out all the meanings of a seemingly one of the simplest English words - "but" Brick wall

Now I am puzzled again what "but" exactly means in the underlined sentence below (from "The Godfather"):

The first thing is the policy banks in Harlem. The black boys

up there had their fun, now we have to take it back. They screwed up the works but

good
, just like they usually do when they run things.


I would be grateful if anybody could kindly reformulate the underlined phrase, so I can understand what "but good" means here.

Thanks a lot!
Jyrkkä Jätkä
Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 6:00:47 AM

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But is used here as an intensive.But good means severely, thoroughly.


In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded.
thar
Posted: Wednesday, April 19, 2017 6:08:28 AM

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You isolated the part correctly - it is just idiomatic, as JJ explained


http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/but+good
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