Heaven help us!

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.
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References in classic literature ?
Heaven help us! the girls have only to turn the tables, and say of one of their own sex, "She is as vain as a man," and they will have perfect reason.
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! that the best and fairest of our kind, too often fade in blooming.'
"Heaven help us!" said Newman, "how far the artistic point of view may take a man!
And there we see a fly,--one of your common house-flies, such as are always buzzing on the window-pane,--which has smelt out Governor Pyncheon, and alights, now on his forehead, now on his chin, and now, Heaven help us! is creeping over the bridge of his nose, towards the would-be chief-magistrate's wide-open eyes!
If the JBC plays dumb again with the application of Batacan who 'damned herself with her own words' and puts her in the short list, heaven help us!
I suppose you could say we now have the government we deserve, may heaven help us! What will that mean over the next five years?
Heaven help us! During the filming of Titanic apparently, Leonardo DiCaprio referred to them as "canoes".
I remember back in the 1980s when David Goulding - best known for riding Captain John into second place in Michael Dickinson's 'Famous Five' Gold Cup - was repeatedly ridiculed in the media for wearing - heaven help us! - an earring.
No doubt they await President Blair, Heaven help us!
Dreading the return of 'awful' market HEAVEN help us! It is only a month until the dreadful German Market is back in Birmingham.
All I can say is, if that was the best heaven help us!