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- (Received Pronunciation, General American) IPA(key): /ˈblaɪmi/
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- Rhymes: -aɪmi
- Hyphenation: bli‧mey
- (Australia, Britain, New Zealand) Used to express anger, excitement, surprise, etc. [From late 19th c.]
- Synonym: wow
- Blimey! I didn’t see that!
- 1897 September, Richard Marsh [pseudonym; Richard Bernard Heldmann], “Outside”, in The Beetle: A Mystery, London: T[homas] Fisher Unwin […], published August 1907, OCLC 562514552, book I (The House with the Open Window), page 4:
- 'But, if there's room, aren't they bound to take me in?' / 'Course they are,—and, blimey, if I was you I'd make 'em. Blimey I would!'
- 1915, Harry S. Miller (lyrics and music), “Blime Me, O’Reilly (You’re Doing Quite Well) [cover title: Blime Me Mr. O’Reilly but You’re Looking Mighty Well]”, New York, N.Y.: The Cadillac Music; Springfield, Mass.; Chicago, Ill.: A. H. Goetting, OCLC 79222216, page 5:
- If you're the O'Reilly, they speak of so highly, / Why blime me, O'Reilly, you're doing quite well.
- 1919, The Windsor Magazine: An Illustrated Monthly for Men and Women, volume IV, London: Ward, Lock and Bowden, OCLC 976408804, page 99, column 1:
- "Blimey," he said, "this is a bit er orl roight! Never thought yer'd be ible to tork our lingo like a blinkin' nitive. Cahm orn—let's 'op it to the kerridge!"
- 1935, Kenneth [Lewis] Roberts, “For Authors Only”, in For Authors Only: And Other Gloomy Essays, Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, Doran & Company, OCLC 1176216576, page 11:
- "Blimey!" he says in his rough, shepherd's voice, "blimey, but it's cruel 'ard to be chucked out of one's digs wivout a blarsted word! [...]"
- 2013, Mark Johnston, “Introduction”, in Anzacs in the Middle East: Australian Soldiers, Their Allies and the Local People in World War II, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire; Port Melbourne, Vic.: Cambridge University Press, →ISBN, page 1:
- According to an Australian gunner, 'a nostalgic little new-arrival' among the Tommies asked: 'Is it true all you Aussies are volunteers?' When told that it was, '… he hesitated a moment. Then he blurted out: "Blime, choom, y' must 've 'ad a fair ——— of a 'ome-life!"'
used to express anger, excitement, surprise, etc.