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God knows

1. No one knows (except for God). God knows how long it will take for my application to be processed. A: "How do you think you did on your exam?" B: "God knows!"
2. It is absolutely true, certain, or definite that; it is obvious or clear that. God knows I need to do well on this test or I can kiss my scholarship goodbye!
See also: god, know

God knows

Also, goodness knows; heaven knows.
1. Truly, certainly, definitely, as in God knows I need a winter coat. This expression, which originated about 1300 as God wot, does not necessarily imply that God is all-knowing but merely emphasizes the truth of the statement it accompanies. The variants using goodness and heaven are euphemisms that avoid taking God's name in vain. [Second half of 1500s]
2. Also, God only knows. Only God knows, that is, neither I nor anyone else knows, as in God knows where I've stored those photos, or God only knows how many people will join the march. [Second half of 1500s]
See also: god, know
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In Crosby, the Sacred Heart High School and the Harmonics Music School teamed up to record a special version of this year's Children In Need single God Only Knows.
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Junior may enjoy somewhat limited celebrity status at home here in Ireland and probably even more in his stomping ground of Stormont, but what Britain's TV audiences would have made of him God only knows.
They don't want to do that because they feel they have the votes in council to ram this through and want their pay hike, their heliport and God only knows what else.
THERE are so many music legends in the BBC's God Only Knows video - 32 at the last count - that it's hard to spot every one.
God only knows what trauma the attack has left her with.
God only knows why we didn't get all three against Arsenal.
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Our lips cannot speak how much we love you, our hearts cannot tell what to say, but God only knows how much we love and miss you, each and every day.
And God only knows how much Mary Harney and her hubby cost the Irish taxpayer on their 15-day St Patrick's Day junket in New Zealand.
Scotland is made up of the people who live here, not Sean Connery, who lives overseas and hasn't returned in God only knows how many years, or Lulu, who has lived in London most of her life.
God only knows what he wants the female politicians to discard to play their part.
His presence up front was a real threat and God only knows why his goal wasn't allowed.
For brevity their list of chimeras could be concluded with, ``And God only knows what else.