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goodness knows

see: god knows
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  • Mick isn't Grant's widow, and you are of age, goodness knows.

    An Outback Marriage Andrew Barton Paterson
  • He seemed to take a fancy to me, and goodness knows I liked him.

    Fair Harbor Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • goodness knows what was done to the place, but there is nothing left but blackened walls.

  • If he cut the anchor rope, goodness knows where he might drift.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Bully beef and biscuits are seldom eaten; goodness knows why we are supplied with them.

    The Red Horizon Patrick MacGill
  • Since then I have paid him two hundred and fifty more, goodness knows how.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln

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