blimey

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A minced oath derived from (God) blind me (either concurrent with or from a clipping of cor blimey or gorblimey), or blame me.[1] Compare crivvens, drat, etc.

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blimey

  1. (Australia, Britain, New Zealand) Used to express anger, excitement, surprise, etc. [From late 19th c.]
    Synonym: wow
    Blimey! I didn’t see that!

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  1. ^ blimey, int.”, in OED Online Paid subscription required, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, 1933; “blimey, excl.”, in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press, 2019–present.