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heaven knows

1. No one knows (except for God or the heavens). Often emphasized as "heaven only knows." Heaven only 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

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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While they had the right look, heaven knows what their [genetic constitution] was.
Once you know this, your perception of the building changes as in a Rorschach test, and images of waste disposal plants, apparently gnawed around the edges by heaven knows what, come to mind.
Heaven knows, if the higliprotein, american diet built muscles, we'd be a nation of Arnold Schwarzeneggers.
Heaven knows, that would be a blessing for many, especially all those folks working two jobs.
It's not so much the fault of Canadian communicators, although heaven knows they're far from perfect, but more the result of timid management, it seems to me.
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While I know these days he does a lot of work with the museums and the like, it is a shame Mr Redmond does not do more on TV, heaven knows we could do with someone like him, someone who makes real programmes with real scripts, storylines and actors instead of all the talent shows and so-called "dramality" series that clog up the television schedules these days.
And in these times of economic woe, heaven knows we all need something to lift our spirits.
I don't use pellets, for heaven knows, Sid's too smart to fall for those).
Heaven knows how her distraught family are beginning to cope.
Heaven knows, we've got more than enough to entice people to stay awhile.
Heaven knows what the man who helped to make Birmingham the centre of the manufacturing universe more than 200 years ago would have made of the city's latest commercial development, but many locals and tourists alike were wandering the streets looking lost and bemused.
Heaven knows I have much to be bitter about Gordon Brown, all the wasted years of plenty and big parliamentary majorities.
Heaven Knows has performed admirably in soft conditions and is used to running in these competitive handicaps.