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goodness gracious

Also,good gracious;gracious sakes. Exclamation of surprise, dismay, or alarm, as in Goodness gracious! You've forgotten your ticket. Both goodness and gracious originally alluded to the good (or grace) of God, but these colloquial expressions, which date from the 1700s, are not considered either vulgar or blasphemous.
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  • Why, goodness gracious alive, Elmer, you don't mean to say you doubt that now?

    Pathfinder Alan Douglas
  • And goodness gracious, child, how untidy you are to be sure!'

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • goodness gracious, how different from the quietness at the Hall!

  • My goodness gracious me, come along, or we shall have them all back again after us.

    Peggy Laura E. Richards
  • goodness gracious, they will give you hundreds of them, I am sure.

    Secret Service

    Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • Georgie, dear, you will like her so—oh, goodness gracious me!

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 2 (of 3) Richard Doddridge Blackmore
  • goodness gracious, Mr. Thibaudier, what a comparison to use!

  • goodness gracious, it is time I was back in the dear Old Briar-patch!

  • Aurora jumped on her seat with a cry of “goodness gracious!”

    Aurora the Magnificent Gertrude Hall

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