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Jesus, Mary, and Joseph!

An exclamation of shock, surprise, or exasperation. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph! Don't sneak up on me like that—you scared me half to death! I mean, Jesus, Mary, and Joseph! Does my boss expect me to be on the clock 24 hours a day?
See also: and

Marie Celeste

A place, location, or high-occupancy vehicle (especially a ship) that is inexplicably deserted or abandoned. An allusion to the Mary Celeste, an American merchant brigantine that was discovered floating off the Azores Islands in 1872 with no one on board and still in seaworthy condition. (Note: The variant spelling of "Marie" is the more common usage for the idiomatic reference, likely due to its use in a story by Arthur Conan Doyle.) We came upon a house in the woods, empty as the Marie Celeste, but left otherwise untouched.

sweet Mary, mother of God

An exclamation of alarm, amazement, or exasperation. (Could be considered blasphemous to some.) Sweet Mary, mother of God, I thought that car was going to hit me! Oh, sweet Mary, mother of God, could you work any slower?
See also: god, mother, of, sweet

typhoid Mary

A carrier or spreader of misfortune, as in I swear he's a typhoid Mary; everything at the office has gone wrong since he was hired . This expression alludes to a real person, Mary Manson, who died in 1938. An Irish-born servant, she transmitted typhoid fever to others and was referred to as "typhoid Mary" from the early 1900s. The term was broadened to other carriers of calamity in the mid-1900s.
See also: Mary

Typhoid Mary

You can describe someone as Typhoid Mary if they bring bad luck or harm to other people. After the relationship ended, she became a Typhoid Mary, spoiling the romantic lives of everyone around her. Note: Typhoid Mary was a cook who spread the disease typhoid to several hospitals that she worked in, though she never became ill herself.
See also: Mary

Mary Jane

1. and Mary J. and Maryjane n. marijuana. (see also jane.) I can’t live another day without Mary Jane!
2. n. a plain-looking girl. She’s just a Mary Jane and will never be a glamour girl.
See also: Jane, Mary

Mary J.

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References in classic literature ?
Vaguely she hoped that he like that young man who had stood in the darkness with Mary would put his arms about her and kiss her, but the country boy was only alarmed.
Mary did not like her at all, but as she very seldom liked people there was nothing remarkable in that; besides which it was very evident Mrs.
They thought Mary was not listening because she was standing a little apart from them at the window of the private hotel they had gone to.
I believe I have the honour of addressing Miss Mary Holder.
And let me say to you, first, that which it is hardest for me to say and for you to hear: there has been an understanding between Sir George Burnwell and your niece Mary.
The effect of Eddy's suavity had been to make Mary forget the position in which she now stood to Joe.
Mary leaned her elbows on the table and her chin on her hands, and looked across at him with sparkling eyes.
And do you know, Mary, I am going to love him very much," said Lise, looking with bright and happy eyes at her sister-in-law.
Turner, on the floor below," said Mary, and she felt grateful to Mr.
May I stay here a little, Mary, or shall I bore you?
And after all what was it that Mary and her painter had come out to do?
Are all your old friends and neighbors come after you to Essex," cried Joan de Tany, laughingly, addressing Mary.
But Mary has been lost to me since I was a boy of thirteen.
Mary took a house in Kensington, Poirot being included in the family party.
That was the compliment to your good taste in skirts I was tryin' to come across with when Mary butted in.