puh-lease

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Exaggerated form of please, short for if you please, an intransitive, ergative form taken from if it pleases you,[1][2] which replaced pray.

Adverb[edit]

puh-lease (not comparable)

  1. An expression of annoyance or impatience.

References[edit]

  1. ^ please” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  2. ^ please” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).