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I want to know the meaning of the expression 'had done well'. I read it in the book Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl.

'THE OWNERS OF THESE FARMS HAD DONE WELL. THEY WERE RICH MEN. THEY ARE ALSO NASTY MEN.'

At first, i think this is same with 'good job'. But in that book, the men who 'had done well' is very nasty and mean. Is it sarcastic expression?

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I believe its an abbreviation of the idiom ** DONE WELL FOR THEMSELVES** I am sure the author is alluding to this idiom as he then goes on to tell us

THEY WERE RICH MEN

do well for (oneself) The Free Dictionary

To find success financially and/or in one's career.

I can see from the sports car she's driving that Mary is doing well for herself these days.

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