[ foo-ee ]
/ ˈfu i /
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(an exclamation indicating rejection, contempt, or disgust): Phooey on all those political promises!
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“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.
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
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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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