but for the grace of God

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

An ellipsis for there but for the grace of God go I

PhraseEdit

but for the grace of God

  1. Were it not for God's help, someone could have suffered that outcome.

Usage notesEdit

  • Unlike the full form, this form is sometimes used to refer to someone else's good fortune in avoiding a bad outcome.
Last modified on 28 December 2011, at 15:38