oy vey

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Etymology[edit]

Yiddish אוי וויי (oy vey), literally, “oh woe”. The second element is from Proto-Germanic *wai, from Proto-Indo-European *wai. Compare German oh weh, ach weh, au weh, Latin vae and Dutch oh wee.

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oy vey

  1. oh dear

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