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heaven help (one)

A phrase used to acknowledge that one is in or could potentially be in trouble. A: "You'll have to go down into the basement to reset the breakers." B: "...which is full of spiders. Heaven help me." Well, heaven help you if Mom finds out that you're the one who broke her vase. Heaven help us if she becomes our boss.
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Heaven help us!

Fig. Good grief!; That's awful. He fell and broke his hip! Heaven help us! What's next?
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

God/Heaven ˈhelp somebody

(spoken) used to say that you are afraid somebody will be in danger or that something bad will happen to them: God help us if this doesn’t work.(Some people find this use offensive.)
See also: god, heaven, help, somebody
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"Heaven help her," I said, "if she be not dearer than that."
Heaven help all mothers if they be not really dears, for their boy will certainly know it in that strange short hour of the day when every mother stands revealed before her little son.
May heaven help thee as thy good intention deserves."
Heaven help ye, good Master Robin, to answer a poor widow's prayers!"
Heaven help me, but I seem to be surrounded by people who prevent me doing what I wish."
If you are guilty, well, Heaven help you!--If you are guilty, I want you to escape all the same!"
You abandon Vienna, give up its defense- as much as to say: 'Heaven is with us, but heaven help you and your capital!' The one general whom we all loved, Schmidt, you expose to a bullet, and then you congratulate us on the victory!
'Now Heaven help this silly fellow,' murmured the perplexed locksmith; 'can he know this gentleman?
If you are free to act upon conscience you will, I believe, do what you conceive to be best; if you are not--well, Heaven help us all!
If on the other hand you choose to persist in spunging upon one man, heaven help me, but Jove shall reckon with you in full, and when you fall in my father's house there shall be no man to avenge you."
And Heaven help any one whom I do marry, for I shall certainly run away from him before you can say 'Jack Robinson.' There!
Heaven help our poor old Hepzibah, and forgive us for taking a ludicrous view of her position!
We know that when the young, the beautiful, and good, are visited with sickness, their pure spirits insensibly turn towards their bright home of lasting rest; we know, Heaven help us!
But if you do need to be; if you do truly feel at heart that you have indeed been towards me what you have called yourself to-night, and that there is nothing for us in this life but separation; then Heaven help you, and Heaven bless you!'
Heaven help the 'Isles of the Sea'!--The sympathy which Christendom feels for them, has, alas!