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holy Moses

interjection, Slang.
1.
(used as an exclamation to express surprise or wonder.)
Origin of holy Moses
1850-1855
First recorded in 1850-55
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Historical Examples
  • "holy Moses, that must've weighed twenty pounds," Stud told the dog.

    Plowing On Sunday Sterling North
  • The holy Moses had been the private yacht of a Philadelphia millionaire.

    Wounds in the rain Stephen Crane
  • C-c-l-y:—No, it is not polite to use "holy Moses" or "dodgasted" in ordinary conversation.

    The Golden Road Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • When the captains of the holy Moses and the Chicken emerged from the cabin, they strode the deck with a new step.

    Wounds in the rain Stephen Crane
  • The Spanish infantry, of course, had dug trenches along the beach, and suddenly the air over the holy Moses sung with bullets.

    Wounds in the rain Stephen Crane
  • Some of the antique shells had struck the holy Moses and he could see the escaped steam shooting up from her.

    Wounds in the rain Stephen Crane
  • Consequently, the appearance of the holy Moses and the Chicken, created a curious and complete emotion.

    Wounds in the rain Stephen Crane
  • As the Chicken rounded the holy Moses and started inshore, a man called to him from the depths of finished disgust.

    Wounds in the rain Stephen Crane
  • The Chicken, assisted by the holy Moses, began a methodical killing of the anchored gunboat.

    Wounds in the rain Stephen Crane
  • Pent took his little blood-stained tow-boat out to the holy Moses.

    Wounds in the rain Stephen Crane
Contemporary definitions for holy Moses
interjection

See holy cow

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