for goodness' sake
Pronunciation
  • (America, CA) IPA: /fɔɹ ˈɡʊdnəs seɪk/
  • (British, RP) IPA: /fə ˈɡʊdnəs seɪk/
Prepositional phrase
  1. (idiomatic, euphemistic) Used to express frustration, exasperation, annoyance.
    For goodness' sake, get off the computer! You've been on there for ages!
  2. (idiomatic, euphemistic) Used to express surprise or amazement.
    For goodness' sake, I spelled that word correctly. I never knew I could do that.
  3. (idiomatic, euphemistic) Used for emphasis
Synonyms


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