heaven knows

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heaven knows

1. No one knows (except for God or the heavens). Often emphasized as "heaven only knows." Heaven only knows how long it will take for my application to be processed. A: "How do you think you did on your exam?" B: "Heaven knows!"
2. It is absolutely true, certain, or definite that; it is obvious or clear that. Heaven knows I need to do well on this test or I can kiss my scholarship goodbye!
See also: heaven, 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
References in classic literature ?
and which does the most mischief heaven only knows.
Prince Vasili's son, he, and a certain Dolokhov have, it is said, been up to heaven only knows what
Sometimes she brightens up, and seems as if she was eager to say something; and then Heaven only knows why, checks herself suddenly as if she was afraid to speak.
And we were all ardent Royalists of the snow-white Legitimist complexion - Heaven only knows why
Heaven only knows now where and when the Revolution will triumph.
And heaven only knows what's in all those black bin liners.
By that time our armed forces will be depleted even further, the poor will be put into workhouses - and heaven only knows what will happen to the sick and disabled.
Motorbikes followed in 1907, so heaven only knows what the hon Charles would have thought of the leather-clad quartet of the Dunlop brothers, John McGuinness and Gary Johnson doing burnouts in Pall Mall on machines that make 10 times the horsepower.
Motorbikes followed in 1907, so heaven only knows what the Hon Charles would have thought of the leatherclad quartet of the Dunlop brothers, John McGuinness and Gary Johnson doing burnouts in Pall Mall on machines which make 10 times the horsepower.
Heaven only knows how poor families cope if they let their insurance lapse.
How he has been let off with a 300-hour community sentence heaven only knows.
Heaven only knows where he buys his Lego from, but I'm guessing it's not Fenwicks toy department.
The pair were backed by an talented band but the first set was a mixed bag, with powerful moments such as Heaven Only Knows and Rock Of My Soul.
With the next generation of more powerful consoles on the horizon, heaven only knows where the RPG genre will go in the next couple of years.
Quote "I do feel like I have it all, but how long that will last, heaven only knows.