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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

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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Dear RFO, I've been trying to think of some moments of true sportsmanship or graciousness in defeat.
Boyle went on to say he wanted the ceremony to embody a spirit of generosity and graciousness in the Au27 million show.
I'm not saying the Scot shouldn't have been disappointed but he stole the thunder of a man who will be remembered long after Murray has been forgotten - not just for his genius but for the graciousness with which he played the game.
Tendulkar further stated, "I was touched by the graciousness and wholehearted support they offered me while emphasising that they would accept any decision which helps me to continue enjoying the game.
They have to hire a driver or depend on the graciousness and munificence of a male relative to get anywhere by car.
We appreciate your graciousness to highlight the importance and role of Getz Phama as branded generic in improving the healthcare in Pakistan and other countries were we operate.
But Ferguson has now shown some graciousness in defeat, saying: "I have no excuses for the poor performance at Liverpool, who were the better team and deserved their win.
Written by other gardeners, writers, artists, and other friends and visitors, the anecdotes convey Lloyd's immense personality, his graciousness as a host, and his equally notorious irascibility.
But on Thursday, the veteran leader gushed about Advani's graciousness.
LAHORE, December 24, 2009 (Frontier Star): Syed Ibne Hussain Deputy Inspector General National Highways & Motorway Police has directed the Patrolling officers of Motorway police to present highly sophisticated behaviour and graciousness with the violators and execute their duties with keenness and allegiance while, he further advised them to reinforce this aspect to promote a culture of soft but firm policing in Pakistan.
LAHORE, December 24, 2009 (Balochistan Times): Syed Ibne Hussain Deputy Inspector General National Highways & Motorway Police has directed the Patrolling officers of Motorway police to present highly sophisticated behaviour and graciousness with the violators and execute their duties with keenness and allegiance while, he further advised them to reinforce this aspect to promote a culture of soft but firm policing in Pakistan.
IN response to the letter from Gavin Hughes, (Viewpoints, September 1, 2008): Anyone who has fully understood the words of the national anthem and can still dare to see graciousness and nobility in any member of the Royal Family, must have more of a worn set of lamps than poor old Ben Turpin.
The Most Reverend Patrick Kelly, Archbishop of Liverpool, said: "I was always deeply grateful for his courtesy, graciousness and prayer.
Students and faculty members from Lone Star College-Kingwood encountered poverty and graciousness in equal doses on their first-ever international service learning trip to the Philippines.
The issue has the hallmarks of justice - that is true - but there is little of grace nor of graciousness in its traces.