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Holy Joe

noun, Slang.
a chaplain, especially in the U.S. armed forces.
a minister or priest.
a sanctimonious or overly pious person.
Origin of Holy Joe
1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for holy-joe

Holy Joe

noun (informal)
a minister or chaplain
any sanctimonious or self-righteous person
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Holy Joe


: these Holy Joe voices

noun phrase

  1. A clergyman; chaplain: needs twelve Holy Joes to get him past them Pearly Gates (1874+)
  2. A sanctimonious, pietistic person: In the east they're all holy Joes and teach in Sunday schools (1889+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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