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good gracious

A mild exclamation of surprise, alarm, dismay, annoyance, or exasperation. Good gracious, look at the time! How is it nearly midnight already? Good gracious, Bill, would it kill you to take out the trash once in a while? Good gracious, that cyclist nearly hit me!
See also: good, gracious
References in classic literature ?
"Good gracious!" cried Maria, after a few minutes' silence, "it seems but a day or two since we first came!
Miggs, hearing this, let her end of the box fall heavily to the floor, gave a very loud sniff, crossed her arms, screwed down the corners of her mouth, and cried, in an ascending scale, 'Ho, good gracious!' three distinct times.
"Good gracious!" returned the surprised Guardian of the Gates; "what a nonsensical idea!
"Good gracious! A prisoner?" cried the little man, jumping up from his chair.
As Holly, 36, noticed what was happening, she tried to remain calm and giggled: "Hang on, look what's going on." Phillip, laughing, said: "Good Gracious! Well I never.
'Oh good gracious!' says the ladybird (and perhaps young readers).
"Good gracious! What a small world," said the 79year-old grandmother.
'When they ask and you say, 'The Valley of the Nightingale', they say, 'Good gracious!'
Good gracious! So along comes a theory using cosmic notions to reassert the pre-eminence of lording it over good old-fashioned land.