holy mackerel

holy mackerel
used to express strong feelings of astonishment, pleasure or anger

"Holy mackerel," cried the little boy when he saw the new bicycle he got for his birthday.


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  • Holy Mackerel — may refer to:* The Holy Mackerel, a 1960s band featuring Paul Williams. * The Holy Mackerel, a 1990s band featuring Les Claypool. * Holy mackerel! , an exclamation variously attributed to sportscasters Vince Lloyd or Al McGuire. * Hey Hey Holy… …   Wikipedia

  • holy\ mackerel — • holy cats • holy cow • holy mackerel • holy Moses interj. informal Used to express strong feeling (as astonishment, pleasure, or anger); used in speech or when writing conversation. Holy cats! That s good pie! said Dick. Holy cow! They can t do …   Словарь американских идиом

  • holy mackerel — interjection used as an exclamation of surprise or amazement * * * Slang. (used as an exclamation to express surprise or wonder.) [1795 1805] * * * holy smoke/cow/mackerel/etc mainly american spoken …   Useful english dictionary

  • Holy mackerel! — [“holi “msekral] exclam. Wow! □ Holy mackerel! What a day! □ Holy mackerel! What’s this? …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • Holy mackerel! — int An interjection of surprise. Holy mackerel! We won the lottery! 1940s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • holy mackerel — an expression of surprise. Perhaps a euphemism for holy Michael or holy Mary. May be derived from mackerel snappers, derisory to Catholics who ate fish on Fridays …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • holy mackerel — interjection An expression of surprise. Syn: holy cow, holy moley, holy smoke, holy crap, holy shit …   Wiktionary

  • holy mackerel — Slang. (used as an exclamation to express surprise or wonder.) [1795 1805] * * * …   Universalium

  • Holy mackerel — exclamation indicating surprise, indignation, etc …   Dictionary of Australian slang

  • holy mackerel — Australian Slang exclamation indicating surprise, indignation, etc …   English dialects glossary

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