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For Pete's sake

Posted by ESC on January 12, 2001

In Reply to: For pete's sake posted by Patti on January 12, 2001

: where did the phrases for pete's sake and for the love of pete come from and what is the meaning?

The phrase is a "Minced oath." Instead of "for God's sake," a less offensive word is substituted. Pete is probably St. Peter. For more information, search the discussion archives under "Pete."