for pity's sake

for pity's sake

A mild oath of surprise, exasperation, annoyance, frustration, or anger. For pity's sake! I haven't seen you in years! Would you let me finish my story, for pity's sake? Oh for pity's sake, I just had the car fixed and now you've put a dent in it!
See also: sake

for God’s, heaven’s, pity’s, etc. ˈsake

used to emphasize that it is important to do something; used to show that you are annoyed about something: For God’s sake try and control yourself!Do be careful, for goodness’ sake.Oh, for heaven’s sake!(Some people find the use of God here offensive.)
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References in classic literature ?
Then the miser said, 'Bind me fast, bind me fast, for pity's sake.
my beloved Laura (cried Sophia) for pity's sake forbear recalling to my remembrance the unhappy situation of my imprisoned Husband.
Doctor, I resist no longer -- I can no longer defend myself -- I believe you; but, for pity's sake, spare my life, my honor
Augusta, for pity's sake, don't destroy my last illusions' --and how am I to prevent his knowing these horrors?
Ah, countess, you really must take me, for pity's sake do take me to see them
For pity's sake take your poor, broken-down chum to some place where she can hear herself think.
He had the air of a man oppressed by business, weary and suffering, who yet would not, for pity's sake, leave this helpless youth who, after all, was the son of his old friend and the possessor of such enormous wealth, to the caprice of fate and the designs of rogues.
For pity's sake put the axe down; you are not the woodman any longer
For pity's sake, I KNOW I told you I loved you with all my heart and wanted nothing more than to marry you, but, come on, obviously I was only joking"?
Whereas my kids even eat taramasalata (or 'pink houmous' as we prefer to call it), for pity's sake.
For pity's sake let us help these children and their families.
For pity's sake, it was far from ideal, but could Brum not have made do with the old Central Library rather than building a sparkling new edifice that will stand empty for much of the time?
So for pity's sake, provide these unfortunate people with somewhere to have a smoke if only to shut up the whiners and moaners from having to wade through 'clouds of cancerous cigarette smoke' on their way into the hospital.
Whatever the cause, for pity's sake speak from knowledge and experience rather than ignorance and prejudice.
It's difficult to care either way but they need to pee or get off the pot once and for all, for pity's sake.