heaven knows

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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
References in classic literature ?
and which does the most mischief heaven only knows.
And we were all ardent Royalists of the snow-white Legitimist complexion - Heaven only knows why
Prince Vasili's son, he, and a certain Dolokhov have, it is said, been up to heaven only knows what
Heaven only knows what disasters it may be my painful duty to communicate to you in my next letter!
As for the subterranean river in the bowels of the mountain, Heaven only knows what it is, or whence it flows, or whither it goes.
Heaven only knows how many there were before the Parliament reduced their numbers.
From heaven only knows where she managed to source a tin of lurid orange paint of a shade that could only have existed in the Seventies, which she had up on the walls and drying before our parents had a chance to veto the choice of colour.
When the Iraqi Army fled from Mosul two years ago, it abandoned more than 2,000 Humvees and heaven only knows how many food parcels and other items.
Heaven only knows what happens when we reach that moment in time.
And heaven only knows what's in all those black bin liners.
By that time our armed forces will be depleted even further, the poor will be put into workhouses - and heaven only knows what will happen to the sick and disabled.
Motorbikes followed in 1907, so heaven only knows what the Hon Charles would have thought of the leatherclad quartet of the Dunlop brothers, John McGuinness and Gary Johnson doing burnouts in Pall Mall on machines which make 10 times the horsepower.
Motorbikes followed in 1907, so heaven only knows what the hon Charles would have thought of the leather-clad quartet of the Dunlop brothers, John McGuinness and Gary Johnson doing burnouts in Pall Mall on machines that make 10 times the horsepower.
How he has been let off with a 300-hour community sentence heaven only knows.
Heaven only knows where he buys his Lego from, but I'm guessing it's not Fenwicks toy department.