dear me

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dear me

  1. An expression of surprise, dismay, or indulgent disapproval.
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room Chapter 2
      "Dear me," said Mrs. Flanders, when she read in the Scarborough and Harrogate Courier that the Rev. Andrew Floyd, etc., etc., had been made Principal of Maresfield House, "that must be our Mr. Floyd."

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