For Pete's sake!

for Pete's sake

A mild oath of exasperation, annoyance, frustration, anger, or surprise. Would you let me finish my story, for Pete's sake? Oh for Pete's sake, I just had the car fixed and now you've put a dent in it! For Pete's sake! I haven't seen you in years!
See also: sake

For Pete's sake!

 and For pity's sake!; For the love of Mike!; For goodness sake!; For gosh sake!; For heaven('s) sake!
a mild exclamation of surprise or shock. For Pete's sake! How've ya been? For pity's sake! Ask the man in out of the cold!
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"Sequestration" was just a word to most Americans, but it has translated to units in the field running short--or out of--things like protective eyewear, rifle slings, helmets (for Pete's sake!) and even tourniquets!
We have trouble in Canada for Pete's sake! Add extreme Islam and unforgiving geography and I would tell my soldiers that military intervention as designed at the present time is not worth the risk.
In Marion County, Ind., a female police officer spotted a guy speeding and swerving on his moped--not a motorcycle, not even a motorbike, but a moped, for Pete's sake! Once she stopped Adam Yarbrough, it only got a little less routine when she found he was also operating the moped with a suspended driver's license.
I ask you, Liechtenstein for Pete's sake! What a fall from grace for boss Luis Felipe Scolari (left), who coached Brazil to glory in the last World Cup.
FOR Pete's sake! What is a rain check or a pig in a poke - and why do we always laugh all the way to the bank?
She has Robert Scheer saying nice things about North Korea, for pete's sake! It makes everybody seem skin-crawlingly naive.
For Pete's sake!" And even though the Swans are currently a division higher than the Bluebirds, Hammam added: "Swansea will never be a big club and if they are honest with themselves they will say so.
For Pete's sake! It may be acceptable for a couple of supporters to chew over the fat in a Witton boozer, undecided if Peter Crouch or Darius Vassell should partner Juan Pablo Angel.