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goodness knows

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

God/goodness/Heaven knows

(spoken)
1 I do not know; no one knows: ‘What’s going to happen next?’ ‘God knows.’
2 used for adding emphasis to a statement, opinion, etc: God knows how he manages to survive on such a small salary.I’m no gardening expert, goodness knows!(Some people may find the use of God knows offensive.)
See also: god, goodness, heaven, know
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Burhouse Court, built in cast stone, having sent really good Yorkshire gritstone to goodness knows where.
Goodness knows how much the latest report has cost - as it's something we've have all known for years.
You give me a statistic saying you haven't won here for goodness knows how long and I see an opportunity to put it right.
Goodness knows what corner store prude, Norris Cole, would make of it.
Bussed in from goodness knows where, a large crowd were spouting their hate-filled politics, in celebration of St George's Day.
I am in phase three of the Gresham demolition programme: phase one has already been divided into two further phases, so goodness knows when my turn will come.
Goodness knows what effect they have on patients in ambulances being bounced around over the things.
Goodness knows what I was thinking about but we were soon giggling about it.
He added: "It was enjoyable making the documentary but goodness knows how people, especially the elderly and young mothers, manage with public transport.
Goodness knows what they'll make of the only kilts in Iraq.
when there are homeless families, gang slayings and goodness knows all the important things that even half that money could have helped.
I haven't seen a park keeper since goodness knows when.
Tears, snot and goodness knows what else roll down her cheeks in Anthony Minghella's much-loved drama about a woman learning to cope with the death of her boyfriend.
Only once in the last 10 years has the title race gone down to the wire so goodness knows who advised Hills to go 5-4 - I'm guessing Ladbrokes.
These children may spend weeks in intensive care, but are still allowed to go home with their addict parents to goodness knows what.