[ foo-ee ]
/ ˈfu i /
(an exclamation indicating rejection, contempt, or disgust): Phooey on all those political promises!
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“I do believe that the buck stops here, that I cannot rely upon public opinion polls to tell me what is right. I do believe that right makes might and that if I am wrong, 10 angels swearing I was right would make no difference.”
Also pfu·i .
Origin of phooey
An Americanism first recorded in 1925–30; perhaps from German pfui! expression of disgust, conflated with English phoo! with similar force
Words nearby phooey
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British Dictionary definitions for phooey
/ (ˈfuːɪ) /
informal an exclamation of scorn, contempt, disbelief, etc
Word Origin for phooey
C20: probably variant of phew
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