heaven help (one)

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heaven help (one)

A phrase used to acknowledge that one is in or could potentially be in trouble. If I have to go down the basement, which is full of spiders, heaven help me. Well, heaven help you if Mom finds out that you're the one who broke her vase. Heaven help us if she becomes our boss.
See also: heaven, help

God/Heaven ˈhelp somebody

(spoken) used to say that you are afraid somebody will be in danger or that something bad will happen to them: God help us if this doesn’t work.(Some people find this use offensive.)
See also: god, heaven, help, somebody
References in classic literature ?
You abandon Vienna, give up its defense- as much as to say: 'Heaven is with us, but heaven help you and your capital
But if you do need to be; if you do truly feel at heart that you have indeed been towards me what you have called yourself to-night, and that there is nothing for us in this life but separation; then Heaven help you, and Heaven bless you
But compared to what the Tories got up to when they were in government heaven help you if they get back.
Heaven help you (literally) if you dare to mention the "G" or "J" word, worse still if you profess to be a follower of Christ.
If a patient had an infection they were immediately "barrier nursed" in a side ward and heaven help you if you were seen outside the hospital in uniform.