believe you me

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Derived from an archaic English sentence structure.

Adverb[edit]

believe you me

  1. (idiomatic) An emphatic form of "believe me"; you [the subject] had better believe me [the speaker].
    • 1841, Caesar Otway, Sketches in Erris and Tyrawly, by the author of 'Sketches in Ireland ..., p. 185:
      Well, sir, believe you me, I'll give that lassy as good a strapping as ever she got when she comes back.
    • 1870, Garland, In re Garland, p. 94:
      But many a time, believe you me, I bought a rabbit from you, when I could put something else in the pot...
    • 1877, Justin McCarthy, Miss Misanthrope: A Novel, p. 21:
      That's change, if you like to call it so. But the heart of things is just the same. Balzac stands for Paris, believe you me.
    • 1887, Alexander Wardrop, Mid-Cauther Fair: A Dramatic Pastoral : with Other Poems, Songs, and Prose, p. 113:
      But, Sandy lad, believe you me, I loe ye like a brither!
    • 1912, George A. Birmingham, The Simpkins Plot, p. 75:
      "Believe you me," said Meldon, " she'll know how to manage him."