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  ( gods    plural  )
1       n-proper   The name God is given to the spirit or being who is worshipped as the creator and ruler of the world, especially by Jews, Christians, and Muslims.  
He believes in God..., God bless you.     
2       convention   People sometimes use God in exclamations to emphasize something that they are saying, or to express surprise, fear, or excitement. This use could cause offence.,   (emphasis)    God, how I hated him!..., Oh my God he's shot somebody...     
3       n-count   In many religions, a god is one of the spirits or beings that are believed to have power over a particular part of the world or nature.  
...Pan, the God of nature., ...Zeus, king of the gods.     
4       n-count   Someone who is admired very much by a person or group of people, and who influences them a lot, can be referred to as a god.  
To his followers he was a god.     
    act of God  
6    If you say God forbid, you are expressing your hope that something will not happen.  
God forbid      phrase   PHR with cl     (feelings)    If, God forbid, something goes wrong, I don't know what I would do.     
7    You can say God knows, God only knows, or God alone knows to emphasize that you do not know something.  
God knows/God only knows/God alone knows      phrase   PHR wh     (emphasis)    Gunga spoke God knows how many languages..., God alone knows what she thinks.     
8    If someone says God knows in reply to a question, they mean that they do not know the answer.  
God knows      phrase  
`Where is he now?' `God knows.'     
9    The term a man of God is sometimes used to refer to Christian priests or ministers.  
a man of God      phrase  
10    If someone uses such expressions as what in God's name, why in God's name, or how in God's name, they are emphasizing how angry, annoyed, or surprised they are.  
in God's name      phrase  
What in God's name do you expect me to do?..., Why in God's name did you have to tell her?     
11    If someone plays God, they act as if they have unlimited power and can do anything they want.  
play God      phrase   V inflects     (disapproval)    You have no right to play God in my life!     
12    You can use God in expressions such as I hope to God, or I wish to God, or I swear to God, in order to emphasize what you are saying.  
to God      phrase   usu v PHR that     (emphasis)    I hope to God they are paying you well..., I wish to God I hadn't met you.     
13    If you say God willing, you are saying that something will happen if all goes well.  
God willing      phrase  
God willing, there will be a breakthrough.     
    honest to God  
    in the lap of the gods  
    for God's sake  
    thank God  

act of God        ( acts of God    plural  ) An act of God is an event that is beyond human control, especially one in which something is damaged or someone is hurt.      n-count  
god-awful      , godawful  
If someone says that something is god-awful, they think it is very unpleasant. This word could cause offence.  
INFORMAL      adj   usu ADJ n     (emphasis)   
A God-fearing person is religious and behaves according to the moral rules of their religion.      adj   usu ADJ n  
They brought up their children to be God-fearing Christians.     
house of God        ( houses of God    plural  ) A Christian church is sometimes referred to as a house of God.      n-count  
Mother of God     
In Christianity, the Mother of God is another name for the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ.      n-proper  
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Oh My God
(Latin for "God wills it") was the cry of the people at the declaration of the First Crusade by Pope Urban II at the Council of Clermont in 1095.
The phrase appears variously as Deus vult (Classical Latin), Dieu le veut (French), Deus lo vult or Deus lo volt (catalan), etc.
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