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- (Britain, dated) An exclamation of surprise or protest.
- I say, what is the meaning of this?
- Used for emphasis, or when resuming after diversion or interruption.
1912, Clarence Young, The Motor Boys on the Wing: Or, Seeking the Airship Treasure, page 63:
- "Stop! Stop I say!" ordered the professor imperiously.
- 1823, William Wilberforce, Appeal to the Religion, Justice and Humanity of the Inhabitants of the British Empire in Behalf of the Negro Slaves in the West Indies
- When such men as Mr. Burke, Mr. Dundas, Mr. Pitt, Mr. Windham, and my Lord Grenville: when such men as these unreservedly and repeatedly avowed their sentiments on the condition of the Slave; when they saw no danger in the avowal; […] when, I say, these men thus thought, spoke, and acted […]