my goodness

(my) goodness

A mild exclamation of surprise, wonder, alarm, dismay, annoyance, or exasperation. Goodness, look at the time! How is it nearly midnight already? My goodness, Bill, would it kill you to take out the trash once in a while? Goodness, that cyclist nearly hit me!
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my goodness

An interjection denoting shock, distress, or surprise. My goodness, you look like something the cat dragged in! My goodness, is that you, James? I haven't seen you in 20 years!
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References in classic literature ?
To this Sancho made answer, "As to my goodness, senora, being as long and as great as your squire's beard, it matters very little to me; may I have my soul well bearded and moustached when it comes to quit this life, that's the point; about beards here below I care little or nothing; but without all these blandishments and prayers, I will beg my master (for I know he loves me, and, besides, he has need of me just now for a certain business) to help and aid your worship as far as he can; unpack your woes and lay them before us, and leave us to deal with them, for we'll be all of one mind.