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Slang definitions & phrases for gosh-awful



Wretched; miserable; darned: Isn't that picture gosh-awful?


Extremely: Wasn't it gosh-awful dark in there? (1900+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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  • And you'd sure be gosh-awful disappointed if you didn't go to Europe, wouldn't you?

    It Pays to Smile Nina Wilcox Putnam
  • It was the most gosh-awful horror that ever stirred my nerves.

    The Moon Colony William Dixon Bell
  • Just try to forget that I used to be a crook and that in ordinary times I am one of the most gosh-awful liars on earth.

    West Wind Drift George Barr McCutcheon
  • I guess most of these people wouldn't think Heinie Rauskukle's store was so gosh-awful big.

    Free Air Sinclair Lewis
  • I felt a vibration, and anything that'd make this mountain of steel even quiver must have given us one gosh-awful nudge.

    Spacehounds of IPC Edward Elmer Smith

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