Used to express frustration, exasperation, annoyance.

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  • A euphemistic replacement of "God" in for God's sake.
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'For goodness' sakes, Father,' cried Emma, the bright tears in her eyes drying because her eyeballs were so hot and angry, 'for goodness' sakes, Father, the idea of acting - so - horrid.

Submitted on July 10, 2018

Additional definitions for 'for goodness' sakes':

for goodness' sakesUsed for emphasis.
for goodness' sakesUsed to express surprise or amazement.
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