stone the crows

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stone the crows

  1. (UK, Australia, colloquial) Generalized expression of surprise or amazement, or just for emphasis.
    • 1924, C. J. Dennis, Rose Of Spadgers, 1988, Sentimental Bloke and Other Verses, page 86,
      “Why, stone the crows! I′ll look yous up,” sez ′e. / “I need some friends: I ain′t got wife nor chick.”
    • 1988, Janette Turner Hospital, Charades, page 63,
      So I says to meself: stone the crows, I′m a doomed man, might as well shoot through. It was cyclone time, see, and there′s been flash floods and this rock as big as a house has gone.
    • 2008, Norman Jorgensen, Jack′s Island, 2011, ReadHowYouWant, page 170,
      Stone the crows,’ I whispered in sheer relief.

Usage notes[edit]

May be used in combination with similar idiomatic expressions, as: stone the crows and pickle the lizards.