goodness


goodness
good|ness
S2 [ˈgudnıs] n [U]
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1 my goodness!/goodness (gracious) me!
2 for goodness' sake
3 goodness (only) knows
4¦(being good)¦
5¦(best part)¦
6 have the goodness to do something
7 out of the goodness of somebody's heart
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1.) my goodness!/goodness (gracious) me!
spoken said when you are surprised or sometimes angry
My goodness, you have spent a lot!
2.) for goodness' sake
spoken said when you are annoyed or surprised, especially when telling someone to do something
For goodness' sake stop arguing!
3.) goodness (only) knows
spoken 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!
4.) ¦(BEING GOOD)¦
the quality of being good
the desire to see goodness and justice in the world
5.) ¦(BEST PART)¦
the part of food which is good for your health
All the goodness of an egg is in the yolk.
6.) have the goodness to do sth
old-fashioned formal used when asking someone to do something in an extremely polite way
Please have the goodness to wait.
7.) out of the goodness of sb'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.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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