Pete


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Related to Pete: Pete Sampras, Pete Rose

for the love of Pete

A mild oath of shock, exasperation, annoyance, frustration, or anger, with "Pete" being a euphemistic substitution for "God." For the love of Pete, I didn't even see that car coming! Would you let me finish my story, for the love of Pete? Oh for the love of Pete, I just had the car fixed and now you've put a dent in it!
See also: love, of, Pete

honest to Pete

Honestly; truly; genuinely. An expression used to emphasize the veracity of one's statement, "Pete" here is a substitution of the word "God," so as to avoid potential blasphemy. I swear it wasn't me who broke the lamp, honest to Pete! Honest to Pete, how are we supposed to finish this project on time with half of our staff laid off?
See also: honest, Pete

For Pete's sake!

 and For pity's sake!; For the love of Mike!; For goodness sake!; For gosh sake!; For heaven('s) sake!
a mild exclamation of surprise or shock. For Pete's sake! How've ya been? For pity's sake! Ask the man in out of the cold!

Honest to goodness.

 and Honest to God.; Honest to Pete.
I speak the truth. (Some people may object to the use of God in this phrase.) Did he really say that? Honest to goodness? Honest to Pete, I've been to the South Pole.
See also: goodness, honest

honest to God

(spoken)
this is really true honest to goodness I didn't tell her about the party, honest to God!
Usage notes: also used as a modifier: It was an honest to God mix-up.
See also: god, honest

honest to goodness

(spoken)
this is really true honest to God I'll be there on Tuesday, honest to goodness!
See also: goodness, honest

for Pete's sake

(spoken)
I am annoyed or surprised by this for goodness' sake She has a huge salary and gets a bonus, too - how much money does she need, for Pete's sake?
Usage notes: used for emphasis and often used instead of the more offensive idioms for God's sake and for Christ's sake
Related vocabulary: for crying out loud
See also: sake

honest to God

  (informal)
something you say in order to emphasize that you are telling the truth I didn't mean to hurt him, honest to God I didn't!
See also: god, honest

for Pete's sake

Also, for pity's sake. See for the sake of, def. 3.
See also: sake

for the love of

1. For the sake of, in consideration of. For example, She signed up for all these volunteer jobs for the love of praise. [c. 1200]
2. for the love of Pete or Mike or God . An exclamation of surprise, exasperation, or some similar feeling, as in For the love of Pete, give me the money! James Joyce used this idiom in Ulysses (1922): "For the love of Mike listen to him." Pete and Mike are euphemisms for God. [Early 1900s] Also see for the sake of, def. 3.
See also: love, of

for the sake of

1. Also for one's sake. Out of consideration or regard for a person or thing; for someone's or something's advantage or good. For example, For Jill's sake we did not serve meat, or We have to stop fighting for the sake of family unity. [Early 1200s]
2. For the purpose or motive of, as in You like to quarrel only for the sake of an argument. [Early 1200s]
3. for God's sake. Also for goodness or heaven's or Pete's or pity's sake . An exclamation showing surprise, impatience, anger, or some other emotion, depending on the context. For example, For God's sake, I didn't expect to see you here, or Hurry up, for goodness sake, or For heaven's sake, how can you say such a mean thing? or For pity's sake, finish your dinner. The variants are euphemisms for God. [c. 1300] For a synonym, see for the love of, def. 2.
See also: of, sake

honest to God

Also, honest to goodness or Pete ; honest Injun. Truly, really, as in Honest to God, I didn't know it was yours, or Honest to goodness, we had exactly the same experience, or I promise I'll finish in time, honest to Pete, or Honest Injun, I didn't take your wallet. These colloquial assertions date from about 1900, except for honest Injun, dating from the late 1800s and today considered offensive.
See also: god, honest

Pete

For Pete’s sake!

and For pity’s sake! and For the love of Mike!
exclam. Good grief! For Pete’s sake! Is that you Charlie? For pity’s sake! Ask the man in out of the cold!

for the love of

For the sake of; in consideration for: did it all for the love of praise.
See also: love, of
References in classic literature ?
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A recent experience I had over the course of observing a PETE teaching candidate's required field experience illuminates the aforementioned contention.
That Pete Rose was a great baseball player is beyond question.
Pete always seemed to have bad luck dogging his heels wherever he went, or whatever he did.
As they ate, Jamie watched the colorful foods Pete popped into his mouth.
Sailing-mad Pete had found out he had asbestosis while they were on a voyage round the world.
Pete's 28-day ride was so successful at raising awareness--and dollars to fund research--that two years later he started the Pedal with Pete Foundation.
In honor of his father, who was inducted into The DMA Hall of Fame in 1978, Pete established the Henry Hoke ECHO Award in 1953 to honor "the most courageous solution to a difficult sales problem.
Pete McLaughlin entered specialty coffee, with his partner and cousin Bob Fulmer, back in 1978.
Pete knew the numbers didn't mean as much money as in the United States, but he was still amazed at the high numbers.
Drivers who live in the Rockford, Illinois area will find that the Pete Harkness Auto Group has everything they need.
Pete is currently in training for the championships and is keen to make a name for himself on the world stage.