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goodness knows

see: god knows
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  • He seemed to take a fancy to me, and goodness knows I liked him.

    Fair Harbor

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • If he cut the anchor rope, goodness knows where he might drift.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I've been pounding and shaking you for goodness knows how long.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Since then I have paid him two hundred and fifty more, goodness knows how.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • In her eyes I must have appeared stingy and mean and—and goodness knows what.

    Kent Knowles: Quahaug Joseph C. Lincoln
  • All the youngsters have 'gone foreign,' and all the oldsters have gone to—'goodness knows which.'

    The Christian Hall Caine

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