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a gracious plenty

An adequate amount, typically in the context of food. Thanks to all of your generous donations, we have a gracious plenty to bring down to the homeless shelter. No second helpings for me, please—I've already had a gracious plenty.
See also: gracious, plenty

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

goodness gracious

A mild exclamation of surprise, alarm, dismay, annoyance, or exasperation. Goodness gracious, look at the time! How is it nearly midnight already? Goodness gracious, Bill, would it kill you to take out the trash once in a while? Goodness gracious, that cyclist nearly hit me!
See also: goodness, gracious

goodness gracious me

A mild exclamation of surprise, alarm, dismay, annoyance, or exasperation. Goodness gracious me, look at the time! How is it nearly midnight already? Goodness gracious me, I'll never get this report finished on time!
See also: goodness, gracious

oh my goodness gracious

A mild exclamation of surprise, alarm, dismay, annoyance, or exasperation. Oh my goodness gracious, what a generous gift! Oh my goodness gracious! Don't scare me like that!
See also: goodness, gracious, oh

(a) gracious plenty

 and an elegant sufficiency
Euph. enough (food). No more, thanks. I have a gracious plenty on my plate. At Thanksgiving, we always have an elegant sufficiency and are mighty thankful for it.
See also: gracious, plenty

goodness gracious

Also, good gracious; gracious sakes. Exclamation of surprise, dismay, or alarm, as in Goodness gracious! You've forgotten your ticket. Both goodness and gracious originally alluded to the good (or grace) of God, but these colloquial expressions, which date from the 1700s, are not considered either vulgar or blasphemous.
See also: goodness, gracious
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The ad Huckabee signed congratulated the convention: "You are right because you called wives to graciously submit to their husband's sacrificial leadership."
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The judge graciously obliged, demonstrating compassionate conservatism at its warmhearted best.
If he were brought back into Chrysler, it may be seen as a familiar face coming back to right the ship, as opposed to hiring outsiders who would be less graciously accepted upon their arrival.
Then I went to Philadelphia to do dance shows on television, and she graciously consented to be my guest.
The prospect was so terrifying I asked that she stay on for one more year and let me spend a year as chair-designate, which she graciously agreed to do.
It graciously served the needs of provincial ministries such as the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Natural Resources to move the gravely ill or participate as a silent, but effective, partner in the ongoing fight of forest fires in Northern Ontario.
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Yet she held more than 200 aspiring young dancers and professionals spellbound as she graciously shared stories from her prolific career and answered questions during an informal gathering.
Many statesmen, newspapers, and leading representatives of the Protestant, Jewish, and Muslim faiths all graciously eulogized him and recalled his countless efforts on behalf of peace and to alleviate the human suffering caused by war.
He has graciously accepted our apology with the good humour for which he is justly celebrated.
We would care for the poor and sick more graciously. We would honor the God in all of us more sincerely and reverently.
The staff at MLGW graciously answered our questions.
We can't go back, but we can enjoy the memories that, I hope, are revived through the art that God has so graciously allowed me to create," says Wilson about his work.