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my goodness!/goodness (gracious) me!
said when you are surprised or sometimes angry
My goodness, you have spent a lot!
for goodness' sake
said when you are annoyed or surprised, especially when telling someone to do something
For goodness' sake stop arguing!
goodness (only) knows
used to emphasize that you are not sure about something, or to make a statement stronger
That bar's been closed for goodness knows how long.
Goodness knows, I tried to help him!
the quality of being good
the desire to see goodness and justice in the world
the part of food which is good for your health
All the goodness of an egg is in the yolk.
have the goodness to do something
used when asking someone to do something in an extremely polite way
Please have the goodness to wait.
out of the goodness of somebody's heart
used when someone has done something in order to be kind or helpful to other people
He did it out of the goodness of his heart.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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