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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
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(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
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

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
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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We Christians can be instruments of God's graciousness by living out our prophetic ministry that we received in our baptism.
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The Minister of Information delivered the speech at the opening ceremony in which he said, "It is a great honour for me to stand here today congratulating you for the opening of this fair, participating with my colleagues on behalf of the Government of the Sultanate of Oman, adding that the Government of the Sultanate is happy with this graciousness and appreciation of the Islamic Republic of Iran in the selection of the Sultanate to be the guest of honour in Tehran International Book Fair 2015".
THIS graciousness from Blackpool is unlikely to be reciprocated by hard-liners of Gay Pride who, even now, I suspect, will be planning to sue a prestigious London hotel bought by Muslims for a wellheeled Muslim clientele.
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The Right Reverend Chalmers was right when he said Scotland needs time to heal - and right too when he said all sides need to - act with "magnanimity and graciousness to restore equilibrium".
You wear it well: your clothes, your style, your attitude, your graciousness, your skills....
And also, as a gesture of graciousness, I'll leave them a stone carved with the words, "Bon appetit!"
We benefited from his wise counsel and probing questions, and admired his graciousness and professionalism.
I WISH to pay tribute to the fortitude and graciousness in adversity of all in the Police Mounted Section and to the Evening Gazette for their tenacity and sympathetic coverage of the tragic debacle.
The graciousness of the then-primate was met by an even greater graciousness from the elders and participants.
With Salman's humility and his well known graciousness towards friends, it seems quite plausible that the superstar might give his consent on being a part of the song.
He goes so gently and with sincere simplicity and graciousness. His unassuming manner reminds me of our new papal leader, Francis.
More serious, though, is the fourth term, "graciousness".
He was propelled so fast from relative anonymity to stardom, and throughout all of that he maintained his graciousness and his manners and the respect he showed everybody at our company.