for goodness' sake

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - for goodness' sake

"for goodness' sake"

an expletive that means “This is ridiculous!” or “I’ve had enough!” It carries no literal meaning of its own, but expresses a strong degree of exasperation.


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - for goodness' sake

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  This is terrible. We have to stay late again. I am going to miss supper and I will be too tired to read to the kids.

Colleague 2:  Seriously? You are a business executive for goodness' sake. Working late is part of the job. Quit your whining and get to work.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - for goodness' sake

Two students are talking ...

Student 1For goodness sake! I can't believe that the professor gave us another huge paper to write over yet another weekend. Doesn't she think we have other things to do?

Student 2:  It sure is frustrating alright but she is one of the best teachers in the school.

Student 1:  Still, enough is enough already.

for goodness' sake - Usage:


Usage Frequency Index:   1,710   click for frequency by country

for goodness' sake - Gerund Form:

There is no gerund form for for goodness' sake.

for goodness' sake - Examples:

1)  Dude, the man's idea of a good time is drinking chocolate milk for goodness' sake.

2)  ... this nanny state crap and grow up. Stand on your own two feet for goodness' sake!

3)  You're a senior now, for goodness' sake, you should be at the top of the social pecking order.

4)  I know about "political economy" from every which way, for goodness' sake. Economics is (was) my trade, and politics is my ...

5)  ... and aren't afraid to let it show. Gee writes his own comics for goodness' sake... and they're bloody brilliant. 

6)  But wait, if everyone has guns and the streets are safe, for goodness' sake, there would be no need for police.

7)  ... which you seem to think implies racial overtones is over the top absurd. For goodness' sake, you're objecting that someone dared use the man's middle name ...

8)  ... and seriously the boots, they look like sports shoes for goodness' sake.

9)  ... Reese's peanut butter cups for breakfast because they have peanut butter in them for goodness' sake!

10)  See how taking open source code can absolutely destroy proprietary rights? For goodness' sake this open source license doesn't have a sunset provision and will follow ...

11)  ... because 'it's a bit gay', For goodness' sake, tell him to buy some unscented hand lotion.

12)  ... is just media induced frenzy to generate page views. It's one app for goodness' sake!

13)  When they lie, they record and broadcast it themselves, for goodness' sake!

14)  ... an affair with a member of the royal family of a foreign government, for goodness' sake

15)  Absolutely not. I see more offensive stuff than last night on the cartoon network for goodness' sake.

16)  Stop pretending that other people "can't tell." For goodness' sake! I can tell when I'm being judged, when someone thinks ...

17)  ... those bodies that bruise easily and take forever to heal. I'm six-feet-freaking-two for goodness' sake. It takes a long time for my circulation to go around my ...

18)  ... to be lowered to the planet's surface using a rocket-powered sky crane, for goodness' sake.

19)  Back to the farms.. feed yourselves and your neighbors for crying out loud. Farms were the unsung heroes during the last depression.

20)  A documentary I wrote just won an Emmy for best Historical Documentary, for crying out loud! I mean, surely to someone I am good enough?