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goodness gracious

A mild exclamation of surprise, alarm, dismay, annoyance, or exasperation. Goodness gracious, look at the time! How is it nearly midnight already? Goodness gracious, Bill, would it kill you to take out the trash once in a while? Goodness gracious, that cyclist nearly hit me!
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goodness gracious

Also, good gracious; gracious sakes. Exclamation of surprise, dismay, or alarm, as in Goodness gracious! You've forgotten your ticket. Both goodness and gracious originally alluded to the good (or grace) of God, but these colloquial expressions, which date from the 1700s, are not considered either vulgar or blasphemous.
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Goodness Gracious Me featured Sanjeev Bhaskar, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Syal and Nina Wadia with guest stars which included Art Malik.
Now we've seen Goodness Gracious Me's `competitive mothers' perform at the Jubilee celebrations at Buckingham Palace and The Kumars reach number one in the charts, it's easy to forget how revolutionary their comedy is.
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Best known for: Goodness Gracious Me and The Kumars at Number 42.
Meera, born in Wolverhampton, shot to fame 17 years ago in Goodness Gracious Me and also starred in The Kumars At No.
Best Known For Goodness Gracious Me and The Kumars at Number 42.
GOODNESS gracious, great baubles of Friar - a charttopping man of God is to take on The X Factor for the Christmas number one.
He said: "I thought we should have had a penalty in the first half - goodness gracious me, he said he touched the ball but I can't see what he touched, it looked like absolute GBH to me.
It's all kicking off on Lewis and a ferry sailing on the Sabbath was quickly followed by - goodness gracious, Morag
But, of course, all it took was a flying visit from Gordon and, goodness gracious, everything in the kitchen and restaurant was rosy again.
The Goodness Gracious Me star told the BBC Asian Network: "This is bullying and we mustn't forget the impressionable people who watch this show.
He has written scripts for Goodness Gracious Me and his production, songwriting and re-mixing credits on releases by Paul McCartney, Sting, Sinead O'Connor, A R Rahman, Jeff Beck and Will Young.
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At an awards ceremony in London last Thursday, she rubbed shoulders with well-known names including Cherie Blair and Goodness Gracious Me star Nina Wadia.
It's been adapted from the best-selling comic novel by Meera Syal of Goodness Gracious Me fame.