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good gracious

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

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!
See also: goodness, gracious

goodness gracious me

A mild exclamation of surprise, alarm, dismay, annoyance, or exasperation. Goodness gracious me, look at the time! How is it nearly midnight already? Goodness gracious me, I'll never get this report finished on time!
See also: goodness, gracious

oh my goodness gracious

A mild exclamation of surprise, alarm, dismay, annoyance, or exasperation. Oh my goodness gracious, what a generous gift! Oh my goodness gracious! Don't scare me like that!
See also: goodness, gracious, oh

(a) gracious plenty

 and an elegant sufficiency
Euph. enough (food). No more, thanks. I have a gracious plenty on my plate. At Thanksgiving, we always have an elegant sufficiency and are mighty thankful for it.
See also: gracious, plenty

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.
See also: goodness, gracious
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Linda Bates Parker, director of the Career Development Center at the University of Cincinnati, says, "People who don't know the art of graciously exiting and contributing in whatever way [they] can don't stay in effective networks long.
Lindsay's new step-dad has graciously provided her with a handsome, fun, young chaperone, Lindsay.
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By miraculously providing for the prophet, the widow, and her son, God graciously guarantees that God's Word will not be silenced.
Jim Taulman, scheduled to retire on December 31, 2002, has graciously agreed to continue serving in a part-time capacity until June 15.
All of the event's food was graciously prepared by friends of USOT, many being members of the VFW, along with a fabulous shepherd's pie, made and donated by Brian's Restaurant in Linwood.
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God, who knows our load limit, graciously limits our load.