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heaven knows

1. No one knows (except for God or the heavens). Heaven knows how long it will take for my application to be processed. A: "How do you think you did on your exam?" B: "Heaven knows!"
2. It is absolutely true, certain, or definite that; it is obvious or clear that. Heaven knows I need to do well on this test or I can kiss my scholarship goodbye!
See also: heaven, know
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God/goodness/Heaven knows

(spoken)
1 I do not know; no one knows: ‘What’s going to happen next?’ ‘God knows.’
2 used for adding emphasis to a statement, opinion, etc: God knows how he manages to survive on such a small salary.I’m no gardening expert, goodness knows!(Some people may find the use of God knows offensive.)
See also: god, goodness, heaven, know
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Heaven knows it's bad enough hearing that word flow out of the mouths of my own people.
Because, heaven knows, up until now, there has not seemed to be a lot of communication--unless you count the communiques, petitions and letters condemning one thing or another that get passed around by e-mail and pop up on the Internet like rodents in a carnival whack-a-mole game.
And there is no masters recipient who carries a target on their arm that says to all: "ask me, send me, task me, or demand of me." Heaven knows that my wonderful partner, (Air Force Chief of Staff General) John Jumper, lives those thoughts time after time in dealing with me!
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Even with our law firm's newest intern spending his summer reading back issues of Hotline (and flirting with our summer intern), the bills got to about $12,000 quicker that I could say, "Torts R Us." Heaven knows what the cost would be today.
Heaven knows there are many kids--gay and straight--who need mentors, supervisors for day trips, or after-school teachers.