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dear me

Also, oh dear. A polite exclamation expressing surprise, distress, sympathy, etc. For example, Dear me, I forgot to mail it, or Oh dear, what a bad time you've been having. These usages may originally have invoked God, as in dear God or oh God , which also continue to be so used. [Late 1600s]
See also: dear
References in classic literature ?
Say nothing to Madame, but when she sleeps go you and sit alone a while to think good thoughts, and pray the dear God preserve your sister.
On the table she laid her little testament and hymnbook, kept a vase always full of the best flowers Laurie brought her, and came every day to `sit alone' thinking good thoughts, and praying the dear God to preserve her sister.
Myself, I practise yoga every day, I've not been drunk since 1981, If I slip now, it's all gone in a blink, I would be throwing three decades away, Dear God, how can I keep from going wrong
Dear God, help us to love one another as you love us, unconditionally as a mother or father loves their children.
I don't drink of course so I will probably have to take charge and look after them, dear God.
Picture Word on the web Welsh Lib Dems leader Kirsty WIlliams calls for Wales to have more AMs DEAR God, Is she on some empire building trip?
That's according to Welsh Lib Dem leader Kirsty Williams, who is demanding an increase to 80 or 90 Dear God, Is she on some empire building trip?
Dear God - all that education and not a scrap of common sense.
xx Jenny Baker-Griffiths (re CCTV shows man wanted for defecating in Prestatyn Station lift) Dear god, have people lost all shame
Scott Turow, in his novel "Presumed Innocent,'' inscribed, "And now, dear God, I think, dear God in whom I do not believe, I pray to you to stop this.
Dear God, Your greetings be upon Your beloved, the mistress of all women in the world, Fatima bint Muhammad, Allah's greetings be upon him and his household.
There used to be a story about a prayer in Texas: Dear God, just give us one more boom, and we promise not to piss it away like all the others.