oh dear

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oh dear

  1. An expression of dismay, concern, or worry; strongly suggesting disapproval.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 7, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      “[…] Churchill, my dear fellow, we have such greedy sharks, and wolves in lamb's clothing. Oh, dear, there's so much to tell you, so many warnings to give you, but all that must be postponed for the moment.”
    Oh dear, you seem to have forgotten to wear clothes.