oh my goodness gracious
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- (idiomatic, euphemistic, dated) Oh my God.
1861, Henry Mills Alden, “The Debatable Baby”, in Harper's new monthly magazine, volume 22, number 132, page 776:
- "Oh, my goodness gracious! who'd have thought it? Oh, my soul and body!" exclaimed Ben, dropping the cover, and jumping up with a perfectly absurd look of ...
1865, Charles Dickens, “All the Year Round. A Weekly Journal.”, in (Please provide the title of the work), volume 13-14, page 551:
- Oh, my goodness gracious me! where was I? Where was Robert? To happen to me, a sort of prudish old maid, who kept her house so strict!