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I say

1. Used preceding an utterance to call attention to it: I say, do you have the time?
2. Used as an exclamation of surprise, delight, or dismay.
See also: say
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But my new generous mistress, for she exceeded the good woman I was with before, in everything, as well as in the matter of estate; I say, in everything except honesty; and for that, though this was a lady most exactly just, yet I must not forget to say on all occasions, that the first, though poor, was as uprightly honest as it was possible for any one to be.
Though I say it mysel, there's not a better silk in the valley of Strathmore.
Wherefore, O men of Athens, I say to you, do as Anytus bids or not as Anytus bids, and either acquit me or not; but whichever you do, understand that I shall never alter my ways, not even if I have to die many times.
The day that I see her a countess," replied Teresa, "it will be the same to me as if I was burying her; but once more I say do as you please, for we women are born to this burden of being obedient to our husbands, though they be dogs;" and with this she began to weep in earnest, as if she already saw Sanchica dead and buried.
Lammeter's, I say nothing to that; but this I say, as the Rainbow's the Rainbow.
Now, if you fear on our account, be at ease; for in order to save you, we ought surely to run this, or even a greater risk; be persuaded, then, and do as I say.
Just for fun I say it, so woman cannot come with me, much better than say no.
Everything was done handsomely, in respect of the funeral, I say again, and master went down to attend the burying in the country himself.
And thinks I to myself all the while, mind, while I was stubbing my silly toes against that cursed pyramid -- so confoundedly contradictory was it all, all the while, I say, I was thinking to myself, "what's his leg now, but a cane --a whalebone cane.
All the time," I says, "that you're talking away of an evening, Jerry's seeing visions of a little woman sitting in your chair.