good gracious

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good gracious

  1. (idiomatic, euphemistic, dated) Oh my God; expression of surprise.
    • 1865, Charles Dickens, Our mutual friend, Volume 1:
      "Good gracious no, I hope not!"
    • 1900, L. Frank Baum, chapter 23, in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz:
      The Silver Shoes took but three steps, and then she stopped so suddenly that she rolled over upon the grass several times before she knew where she was.
      At length, however, she sat up and looked about her.
      "Good gracious!" she cried.