I'll be damned

I'll be damned

An expression of surprise or astonishment, especially regarding some recent revelation. I'll be damned. I never thought I'd see you walk through those doors again. After searching for 20 years, he watched as the bird landed just feet away from him—the bird everyone said was extinct. "I'll be damned," he whispered to himself.
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I’ll be ˈdamned

(old-fashioned, spoken) used for expressing surprise: Well, I’ll be damned! Isn’t that Sarah Parker over there?
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1977 debut Damned, Damned, Damned, Well I'll be Damned.
But I'll be damned if I'm going to lay off the champers just because the world as we know it is about to crumble around our ears.
I just read one of your letters and I'll be damned if someone wasn't complaining about the promotion of beer.
I said, `Well, I'll be damned,''' Desormeaux said of Stormello's response.
I'm willing to do whatever is necessary, because I'll be damned if you're gonna walk all over people.
I'll be damned if the long-haired man wasn't former REASON scribe Brian Doherty, who was on assignment for Liberty, which is where you will have to look for a fuller account of the convention, as I departed Convention Hall C shortly into the NRA's afternoon presentation and never returned.
I'll be damned if Genetic Disorder hasn't become somewhat of a San Diego institution--which, as counter intuitive as that might sound, is actually quite a good thing.
I have two sisters coming up and they're going to be good, and, I mean, I'll be damned if I let them go through this.
I had a fabulous life before I had Parkinson's, and I'll be damned if I give it up now,'' Tipp often said to members of the support group he ran for people with the degenerative neurological disorder.