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, hold your tongue," she interrupted, tears of annoyance in her eyes.
"Don't let her begin over again, for goodness sake!" cried Aunt Em.
"Grow up for goodness sakes. This is the real business world and this is no way to run your business," wrote Ron Miller, staff writer on IT discussion community at Daniweb site.
But for goodness sakes, Jaz, ditch your I'm A Celebrity wannabe pal Scott Henshall's tacky, tacky "designer" dresses (if you can call them that!) And what's with the weird pose?
A slice of each six-inch-high layer cake weighs almost a pound, for goodness sakes. "Indulgent"?