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for heaven's sake
A mild oath of surprise, exasperation, annoyance, frustration, or anger. For heaven's sake! I haven't seen you in years! Would you let me finish my story, for heaven's sake? Oh for heaven's sake, I just had the car fixed and now you've put a dent in it!
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for God’s, heaven’s, pity’s, etc. ˈsakeused to emphasize that it is important to do something; used to show that you are annoyed about something: For God’s sake try and control yourself! ♢ Do be careful, for goodness’ sake. ♢ Oh, for heaven’s sake!(Some people find the use of God here offensive.)
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for heaven's/Pete's/pity's sake
An expression of surprise, emphasis, exasperation, outrage, and so forth. These all are euphemisms for “for God’s sake,” which in some circles is considered blasphemous. “For heaven’s sake” dates at least from the nineteenth century. “For Pete’s sake” appeared in Dialect Notes in 1924. “For pity’s sake” dates from the sixteenth century; Michael Drayton used it in one of his Idea sonnets of 1593: “Rebate thy spleen, if but for pities sake!” See also for the love of Mike/Pete/God.
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