for goodness' sake


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for goodness' sake

A mild oath of exasperation, annoyance, frustration, anger, or surprise. Would you let me finish my story, for goodness' sake? Oh for goodness' sake, I just had the car fixed and now you've put a dent in it! For goodness' sake! I haven't seen you in years!
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For Goodness' Sake: Supporting Children & Teens In Discovering Life's Highest Values is a sourcebook of activities, advice, and tips on sharing values with children from ages 4 to 17.
And it really is cruel -- these poor, innocent animals are being forced to have contact with Paul Burrell, for goodness' sake.
Not even brown rice, bulgur, herbal teas, or granola, for goodness' sake.
Heck, he doesn't even use the "H-word," for goodness' sake. Barney's world is a happy world--which might be why he is irritating the sourpusses everywhere else.
It works, so for goodness' sake let's not get ourselves distracted by all this academic moonshine.
For goodness' sake, stop referencing the "Graces" as a benchmark for everything else - they are of their time (and are quite spectacular) but it's time to let this city grow towards the future and evolve in other ways.
The Beatles happened 40 years ago, for goodness' sake, and they couldn't wait to run away from the city as fast as their legs could carry them.