blimey

/bluy"mee/, interj. Brit. Informal.
(used to express surprise or excitement.) Also, blimy.
[1885-90; orig. reduced form of blind me, as ellipsis from God blind me; cf. GORBLIMEY]

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  • 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 …   Etymology dictionary

  • blimey — ► EXCLAMATION Brit. informal ▪ expressing surprise, excitement, or alarm. ORIGIN altered form of God blind (or blame) me! …   English terms dictionary

  • blimey — [blī′mē] interj. [contr. < (God) blind me] Brit. used to express surprise, wonder, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Blimey — Another exclamation of surprise. My Dad used to say Gawd Blimey or Gor Blimey or even Cor Blimey . It is all a corruption of the oath God Blind Me …   The American's guide to speaking British

  • blimey — [[t]bla͟ɪmi[/t]] EXCLAM (feelings) You say blimey when you are surprised by something or feel strongly about it. [BRIT, INFORMAL] We walked all the way to Moseley. Blimey! …   English dictionary

  • blimey — interjection /ˈblaɪmi/ Expressing anger, surprise, excitement, etc. Blimey! I didnt see that! …   Wiktionary

  • blimey — bli|mey [ˈblaımi] interjection BrE spoken informal [Date: 1800 1900; Origin: blind me! or blame me!] used to express surprise ▪ Blimey, look at that! …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • blimey — BrE spoken used to express surprise: Blimey, look at that! …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • blimey! — Exclam. An exclamation of surprise. An abbreviated form of blind me. Cf. cor blimey …   English slang and colloquialisms

  • BLIMEY — int. (also cor blimey) Brit. coarse sl. an expression of surprise, contempt, etc. Etymology: corrupt. of (God) blind me! …   Useful english dictionary

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