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holy cow

An exclamation of surprise, shock, or astonishment. Holy cow, the bill for that dinner is nearly $200! We won the lottery? Holy cow, that's amazing news!
See also: cow, holy

holy cow

Also, holy mackerel or Moses or moly or smoke . An exclamation of surprise, astonishment, delight, or dismay, as in Holy cow, I forgot the wine, or Holy mackerel, you won! or Holy Moses, here comes the teacher! or Holy smoke, I didn't know you were here too. The oldest of these slangy expletives uses mackerel, dating from about 1800; the one with Moses dates from about 1850 and cow from about 1920. None has any literal significance, and moly is a neologism devised to rhyme with "holy" and possibly a euphemism for "Moses."
See also: cow, holy

meek as Moses (or a lamb)

very meek.
This expression is a biblical allusion to Numbers 12:3: ‘Now the man Moses was very meek’.
See also: meek, Moses
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It wasn't until his sons--whom he had encouraged to work elsewhere --took an interest in the future of the company that Moses started taking a serious look at the future.
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sHowever that remains the only firm interest at present and sources close to the player have confirmed to the ECHO that Moses has received no contact from Anfield, as of yet.
Dan Bryant, puts it in his foreword to Harris' book: "We all recognize Moses because we think we know him, or at least we know about him.
Moses, however, is a former world champion and is confident of landing odds of 5-1 by shocking Burns in his own backyard.
The Story of Moses is not only a tale of that final sorrow, however.
You know I have still not been able to figure out this mystery, but my guess is my dad must have been on a high one day and seen some ' Made in China' thing and lo, I become China Moses," she says bursting with laughter.
Metrically, Corkett's Moses resonates on a number of levels: not only with "Mistress Mary quite contrary" but with "Tyger Tyger burning bright.
LIVERPOOL have joined the race to sign Crystal Palace teenager Victor Moses.