do well
  1. Used other than with a figurative or idiomatic meaning: see do, well
    He tries hard to tell a good joke but, alas, he does not do it well.
    I did well on the first part of the exam, but totally messed up on the essay question.
  2. (followed by an infinitive) To take the prudent approach; to be advised.
    He would do well to listen more carefully to his wife.
  3. (with a prepositional phrase headed by by or for) To benefit, to favour
    The company did well by his family after he died.
  4. To succeed; to flourish.

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