Heavens to Betsy!

heavens to Betsy

An interjection denoting shock, distress, or surprise. The "Betsy" mentioned here is not definitively known. Heavens to Betsy, you don't look well at all! Is that James? Heavens to Betsy, I haven't seen him in at least 20 years!
See also: Betsy, heaven

Heavens to Betsy!

Inf. My goodness! (A mild oath.) Heavens to Betsy! What was that noise? Heavens to Betsy! It's good to hear your voice!
See also: Heaven
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