blimey

blimey

[blahy-mee]
interjection British Informal.
(used to express surprise or excitement.)
Also, blimy.


Origin:
1885–90; orig. reduced form of blind me, as ellipsis from God blind me; cf. gorblimey

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blimey (ˈblaɪmɪ)
 
interj
slang (Brit) an exclamation of surprise or annoyance
 
[C19: short for gorblimey God blind me]

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Main Entry:  blimey
Part of Speech:  interj
Definition:  an exclamation of surprise or shock; also written blimy; also called Cor blimey
Example:  Blimey! It is cold outside!
Etymology:  for'blind me'
Usage:  slang
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blimey
1889, corruption of (God) blind me!
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