for the love of Pete

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
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For the love of Pete, I wanted to yelp at the 78-year-old historian who has spent 38 years chronicling Lyndon Johnson in more than 3,388 pages, was he ever going to get to Vietnam?
Look, I'm not expecting the good people of Blighty to know the difference between the UDA and the UVF but, for the love of Pete, it's no wonder the Empire was lost if they don't even know where Sharon Corr comes from.