for goodness' sake


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for goodness' sake

A mild oath of surprise, exasperation, annoyance, frustration, or anger. For goodness' sake! I haven't seen you in years! 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!
See also: sake
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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.