Definition of there but for the grace of God (go I) in US English:

there but for the grace of God (go I)

phrase

  • Used to acknowledge one's good fortune in avoiding another's mistake or misfortune.

    • ‘Proprietors themselves, perhaps feeling that there but for the grace of God go they, discourage serious criticism of their rivals.’
    • ‘And we know at one level that there but for the grace of God, or fate, or elementary physics, we could all have been victims.’
    • ‘It's the subject matter, in effect you're saying there but for the grace of God - I wouldn't have wanted to have made any of those moral decisions.’
    • ‘My attitude is, there but for the grace of God…’ ‘When I hear people moaning, I think they should come and sit in here for a week and see what goes on and the heartbreak.’’
    • ‘You know there but for the grace of God… I was just lucky that after my mother died my Aunty Linda was around to take Father and I under her wing otherwise heaven knows where we would have ended up what with his drinking so bad and all.’
    • ‘When I see it from a professional point of view I think there but for the grace of God go I, but it hits you very differently when you are a parent - it was my Nicola, not just anyone.’