the dear only knows

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the dear only knows

dated No one knows; I have no idea. A euphemistic substitution for "God only knows." Primarily heard in Ireland. The dear only knows how long it will take for my application to be processed. A: "How do you think you did on your exam?" B: "The dear only knows!"
See also: dear, know
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