well, well, well

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well, well, well

  1. (current in Britain, but dated in the US and Canada) Indicating pondering or consideration, often with sarcasm or mock surprise.
    Well, well, well. What have we here?
    (with sarcasm) Well, well, well. Look who's back. And they said we'd never see him again.

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The form with three wells may be a little stronger, or more sarcastic, than well, well.


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