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or blimy

[blahy-mee] /ˈblaɪ mi/
interjection, British Informal.
(used to express surprise or excitement.)
Origin of blimey
1885-90; orig. reduced form of blind me, as ellipsis from God blind me; cf. gorblimey Unabridged
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(Brit, slang) an exclamation of surprise or annoyance
Word Origin
C19: short for gorblimey God blind me
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Contemporary definitions for blimey

an exclamation of surprise or shock; also written blimy ; also called Cor blimey


Blimey! It is cold outside!

Word Origin

for'blind me'

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Word Origin and History for blimey

by 1889, probably a corruption of (God) blind me! First attested in a slang dictionary which defines it as "an apparently meaningless, abusive term."

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An expression of surprise or excitement: Blimey! What a ride!

[1889; contraction of (God) blind me]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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