for goodness' sake

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A euphemistic replacement of "God" in for God's sake.

Adverb[edit]

for goodness' sake

  1. (idiomatic, euphemistic) Used to express frustration, exasperation, annoyance.
    For goodness' sake, get off the computer! You've been on there for ages!
  2. (idiomatic, euphemistic) Used to express surprise or amazement.
    For goodness' sake, I spelled that word correctly. I never knew I could do that

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