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blimey

or bli·my

[blahy-mee]
interjection British Informal.
  1. (used to express surprise or excitement.)
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Origin of blimey

1885–90; orig. reduced form of blind me, as ellipsis from God blind me; cf. gorblimey
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Historical Examples of blimy

  • Number One was Jimmy Archer, who had tried to steal the "blimy teapot."

    The Uttermost Farthing

    R. Austin Freeman

  • Blimy if I don't believe 'e's taking 'ome 'is washing up his back.

  • "Blimy," he said at length, "you look like the sort o' bloke she'd like," and with that he grinned again.

  • I don't remember exactly what happened, but the millionaire man said, Blimy, couldn't he run after his hat wot the wind blown off?

  • Then, turning with a sudden access of fury, "I'll knock yer face off, blimy!"

    Tales of Mean Streets

    Arthur Morrison


British Dictionary definitions for blimy

blimey

interjection
  1. British slang an exclamation of surprise or annoyance
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Word Origin for blimey

C19: short for gorblimey God blind me
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for blimy

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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