Green’s Dictionary of Slang

for gosh sake! excl.

also for gosh sakes! gosh sakes!

(US) a euph. version of for God’s sake!

[US]W. Winchell On Broadway 19 Oct. [synd. col.] Listen, for gossakes, my husband has commenced to running around with other women.
[Aus]R. Park Poor Man’s Orange 96: What are you looking for, for gosh sake?
[US]J. Thompson Criminal (1993) 35: For gosh sake, what’d you do that for?
World Oil CXXXVI 287: One party chief heard the army’s new theory and exclaimed, ‘For gosh sakes, don’t go spreading rumors like that around here’.
[US]E. Stephens Blow Negative! 213: Oh, for gosh sakes! I’m not the C.O. of this darn submarine!
[US]S. King Stand (1990) 1193: But for gosh sakes, don’t forget to shield your eyes!
[US]S. King Dead Zone (1980) 148: ‘Gosh sakes,’ Johnny said.
[US]S. King It (1987) 335: He was your brother for gosh sake. [Ibid.] 748: They’re practically new, for gosh sakes.
[US]H. Kahane Logic and Contemp. Rhetoric (5th edn) 73: Let’s assume he knew, for gosh sakes.
[US]C. Dubowski Toy Story 34: These are plastic, for gosh sakes.
R.K. Vaughan Yorkville Christmas 36: I have no idea what takes him so long in there, except he smells like a . . . like a fruitcake, for gosh sake, when he comes out!
B. MacDonald Safe Harbor 234: It wasn’t like he had tried to stick up a gas station, for gosh sakes.