(for) land('s) sake(s) (alive)

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(for) land('s) sake(s) (alive)

old-fashioned A mild exclamation of surprise, alarm, dismay, annoyance, or exasperation. Primarily heard in US. Land sake, look at the time! How is it nearly midnight already? For land's sake, Bill, would it kill you to take out the trash once in a while? Land sakes alive, that cyclist nearly hit me!

Land(s) sakes (alive)!

 and Sakes alive!
Rur. My goodness! (A mild oath.) Lands sakes! I sure am glad to get home! Sakes alive! Can't you even set the table without making a fuss?
See also: land
References in classic literature ?
"For the land's sake, Miss Pollyanna, what a scare you did give me," panted Nancy, hurrying up to the big rock, down which Pollyanna had just regretfully slid.
"Well, for the land's sake! I never heard the beat of that in all my days!
Mary Jane she set at the head of the table, with Susan alongside of her, and said how bad the biscuits was, and how mean the preserves was, and how ornery and tough the fried chickens was -- and all that kind of rot, the way women always do for to force out compliments; and the people all knowed everything was tiptop, and said so -- said "How DO you get biscuits to brown so nice?" and "Where, for the land's sake, DID you get these amaz'n pickles?" and all that kind of humbug talky-talk, just the way people always does at a supper, you know.
"For the land's sake!" gasped Marilla, hastening from the room.