One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
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