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For Pete's sake? #1 (permalink) Thu Sep 30, 2010 15:29 pm   For Pete's sake?
 

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ESL/EFL Test #352 "English Slang Idioms (73)", question 1

"Are they saying that they didn't receive my payment? I sent it two weeks ago for Pete's .........!" Jacob exclaimed.

(a) sake
(b) job
(c) orders
(d) direction

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #352 "English Slang Idioms (73)", answer 1

"Are they saying that they didn't receive my payment? I sent it two weeks ago for Pete's sake!" Jacob exclaimed.

Correct answer: (a) sake

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For Pete's sake? #2 (permalink) Thu Sep 30, 2010 21:47 pm   For Pete's sake?
 

People use this expression when they're angry or fed up about something.
It's basically a nicer way of using Christ's name in vain (by replacing it with Pete).
It's an 'acceptable' or mild curse word/swearword.
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