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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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But Ferguson has now shown some graciousness in defeat, saying: "I have no excuses for the poor performance at Liverpool, who were the better team and deserved their win.
Written by other gardeners, writers, artists, and other friends and visitors, the anecdotes convey Lloyd's immense personality, his graciousness as a host, and his equally notorious irascibility.
But on Thursday, the veteran leader gushed about Advani's graciousness.
LAHORE, December 24, 2009 (Balochistan Times): Syed Ibne Hussain Deputy Inspector General National Highways & Motorway Police has directed the Patrolling officers of Motorway police to present highly sophisticated behaviour and graciousness with the violators and execute their duties with keenness and allegiance while, he further advised them to reinforce this aspect to promote a culture of soft but firm policing in Pakistan.
LAHORE, December 24, 2009 (Frontier Star): Syed Ibne Hussain Deputy Inspector General National Highways & Motorway Police has directed the Patrolling officers of Motorway police to present highly sophisticated behaviour and graciousness with the violators and execute their duties with keenness and allegiance while, he further advised them to reinforce this aspect to promote a culture of soft but firm policing in Pakistan.
IN response to the letter from Gavin Hughes, (Viewpoints, September 1, 2008): Anyone who has fully understood the words of the national anthem and can still dare to see graciousness and nobility in any member of the Royal Family, must have more of a worn set of lamps than poor old Ben Turpin.
Students and faculty members from Lone Star College-Kingwood encountered poverty and graciousness in equal doses on their first-ever international service learning trip to the Philippines.
The issue has the hallmarks of justice - that is true - but there is little of grace nor of graciousness in its traces.
Executives at Karastan said Preston, like those before her, was chosen because she "represents the elegance and graciousness of the brand, but in a hip way.
Sandra Day O'Connor invited bachelor David Souter for Thanksgiving, out of pure grandmotherly graciousness.
From the occasion that prompts the feast to the seating arrangements at the table, the father's graciousness and desire to bring new life is just--well, wrong.
that graciousness, that roguish charm, which Renoir alone could give to women" (8).
His lovely bass-baritone lies on the light side for the role, but the graciousness and artfulness of his singing were everywhere present.
Thank you, but no, returns Page, a model of Southern graciousness.
Rattle's interpretation of Elgar's Enigma Variations seems to have gained during his Berlin sojourn a Straussian vehemence, but there was also graciousness here and a heartwarming sense of the players listening to each other.