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holy crap

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

holy crap on a cracker

A mildly indecent exclamation of surprise, shock, or astonishment. (An emphatic form of "holy crap.") Holy crap on a cracker, the bill for that dinner is nearly $200! We won the lottery? Holy crap on a cracker, that's amazing news!
See also: cracker, crap, holy, on

holy crickets

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

a holy terror

A very troublesome, aggressive, or aggravating person; a person who is exasperatingly difficult in his or her manner or behavior. I know that I was a holy terror when I was young, so I guess it's fitting that my own kids give me so much trouble.
See also: holy, terror

(Holy) Mother of God

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

holy fuck

rude slang An exclamation, typically of surprise, dismay, or anger. Holy fuck, did someone hit my car? Look at the size of that bear! Holy fuck!
See also: fuck, holy

Holy cow!

Inf. Wow! Holy cow! I never expected such a nice gift! Give me a chance! Holy cow, don't rush me!
See also: holy

holy Joe

 
1. a chaplain; a cleric; a clergyman. I went to see the holy Joe, and he was a lot of help. Old holy Joe wants to see all of us at services.
2. a very pious person. Martin looks stuffy, but he's no holy Joe. Don't let that holy Joe hear about what you've done.
See also: holy, joe

Holy mackerel!

Inf. Wow! Holy mackerel! What a beautiful day! Holy mackerel! What's this? A new car?
See also: holy

Holy moley!

Inf. Wow! Holy moley! A whole quarter! Look, here's another one! Holy moley!
See also: holy

holy cow

1. what a surprise “I was paying 23 percent interest on that credit card.” “Holy cow!”
2. how wonderful "A friend of mine is in Hollywood filming a movie this month." "Holy cow, that must be so cool."
See also: cow, holy

holy shit

(rude)
what a surprise or how very unpleasant Holy shit! The whole basement is flooded!
See also: holy, shit

holy smoke

what a surprise Holy smoke! Look at all of those geese!
See also: holy, smoke

holier-than-thou

someone who is holier-than-thou behaves as if they have better morals than other people I can't stand that holier-than-thou attitude that some vegetarians have.

the holy of holies

  (humorous)
a very special place
Usage notes: The holy of holies is the most special part of a religious building.
This football stadium is the holy of holies to many fans.
See also: holy, of

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

holy of holies

A place of awe or sacredness, as in The corporate board room is the holy of holies here. This expression is a translation of the Hebrew term for the sanctuary inside the tabernacle of the Temple of Jerusalem, where the sacred Ark of the Covenant was kept (Exodus 26:34). Its figurative use dates from the second half of the 1800s.
See also: holy, of

holy terror

An exasperating individual, as in He was only five, but he was a holy terror, running wild through the house and throwing whatever he could lay his hands on . The adjective holy here is an intensifier. [Late 1800s]
See also: holy, terror

holier-than-thou

mod. superior in piety; condescending. She has such a holier-than-thou attitude.

Holy cow!

exclam. Wow! Give me a chance! Holy cow, don’t rush me!
See also: holy

holy Joe

1. n. a chaplain; a cleric; a clergyman. Old holy Joe wants to see all of us at services.
2. n. a very pious person. Don’t let that holy Joe hear about what you’ve done.
See also: holy, joe

Holy mackerel!

(ˈholi ˈmækrəl)
exclam. Wow! Holy mackerel! What a day!
See also: holy

Holy moley!

(ˈholi ˈmoli)
exclam. Wow! (The exclamation used by the comic book character Captain Marvel.) Holy moley! A whole quarter! Shazam!
See also: holy

holy stink

n. anything repellent; a real mess; a great argument or debate; a major issue. You really created a holy stink with that silly remark.
See also: holy, stink

holy terror

n. a devilish person; a badly behaving child. Why is the boss such a holy terror today?
See also: holy, terror
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First of all, no one is holier than thou," Sharon Runner said Thursday afternoon in a telephone interview.
5) We will propose that the Bishops of the United States make every effort to implement the challenge of the Holy Father that the present crisis "must lead to a holier priesthood, a holier episcopate, and a holier Church" by calling for deeper holiness in the Church in the United States, including ourselves as bishops, the clergy, the religious, and the faithful.
Yet Birmingham jumps in with its holier than thou ranting.
Why do the holier than thou brigade and Tory bigots spout their predictable doctrine when something occurs that they disagree with?
But since people like Mr Crines has come on the scene with the rest of the holier than thou brigade, they feel it is justified to look down on those who smoke, calling it a 'vile habit' and suggest those who smoke at the entrance to the hospital should be arrested by the police.
To me they are holier than any church, in the same way a mother's belly is holier than any church, because those sweet bellies and those holes in the grass are where souls entered and left this intricate realm; they are places of mercy and mystery; they are the portals from which the created emerges and through which the created departs.
If these liturgical books are religiously and gladly received, we shall all be a holier Church.
He said: "I don't want to sound holier than thou, but it's been disappointing that you've followed the ethics of the sport, yet when the mud starts to fly, you get implicated.
These women covering up everything apart from their eyes are doing it not to divert attention but to attract it - and prove themselves holier than their unveiled sisters.
Her husband has common sense, as I too have stopped watching the X Factor programme as Simon Cowell and his fellow judges believe they are holier than thou under the false illusion that the programme is about them and not the contestants.
The holier than thou letter from Mr Mathias was an insult to soccer fans (the majority are law-abiding citizens).
The idea that the more Jews he kills the happier and holier she'll be is sick.
I find it increasingly repulsive to listen to the holier than thou pontificating fromthe Manx, after all, evil dealers pedalling death and their anti-drugs campaign by highlighting the fact that 95% of their drugs come fromMerseyside.
Yes, football has its problems, but please don't make out that rugby is holier than thou.