dear me

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dear me

An expression of surprise or disappointment. Dear me, it seems I've forgotten the casserole I made for tonight's meeting.
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Dear me!

an expression of mild dismay or regret. Sue: Dear me, is this all there is? Mary: There's more in the kitchen. "Oh, dear me!" fretted John, "I'm late again."
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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]
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dear me

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(dear,) oh dear

used for expressing worry, sympathy, concern, etc: Dear me! It’s started to rain and I’ve just hung out the washing!
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Dear Editor I have written another poem, Oh God, I hear you say.
The daily headlines I read with great haste, All people killed in the world Oh God, what a waste
And then whenever I see the final result I watch it through my fingers, going, 'Oh God, oh God, oh God - what's my dad going to say when he sees this?
How mournful we are, oh God, how fragile life is - how much we take for granted.
In the song, Oh God (Prayer), Lennox sings, "Oh God, where are You now?
Well, Oh God reflects a place where you're in foetal position, and you've cried so much that tears are not going to help.
After giving her address, in the Berkshire village of Hermitage, she adds: "Oh Jesus Christ, he's hurt my son, oh God, he's come through the window.
The Scots-born mother of two said in a US interview that she was only able to sing the song Oh God from her new album Bare once because it was so traumatic.
Stephen King's popular serial novel ends with the lament, ``sometimes, oh God, the green mile is so long.
The prayer in the High Holy Days prayer book reads: Let all our vows and oaths, all the promises we make and the obligations we incur to you, oh God, between this Yom Kippur and the next be null and void.