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holy moly

[ moh-lee ]

interjection

, Slang.
  1. (used as an exclamation to express surprise or astonishment.)


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Word History and Origins

Origin of holy moly1

moly coined as rhyming twin to holy, on the model of holy cow, holy smoke, etc.

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Example Sentences

Entertainment blog Holy Moly is among the most effusive with praise.

When Orlean recently tweeted the question, “Is it ‘holy moly’ or ‘holey moley’ or ‘holy moley’?”

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