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God (or goodness or heaven) knows

Definition of God or goodness or heaven knows in English:

1Used to emphasize that one does not know something: God knows what else they might find
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  • And heaven knows what the other tenants there must think.
  • And I really cannot be bothered to do any of the housework I've been putting off since, well, heaven knows when.
  • As for the houses which used to be on Clevelly Close, heaven knows how much they would be worth now, both in monetary terms and to the area's self-esteem.
2Used to emphasize the truth of a statement: God knows, we deserve a glass of bubbly after all these years
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  • Whatever you think of their relationship, and heaven knows it hasn't been an easy one, their love has endured.
  • ‘If it was like that for me, heaven knows, it must have been worse for others’, Mr Cook said.
  • It is easy to be derisory about politics in Ireland, and, heaven knows, there is much to be derisory about.
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