horror of horrors

horror of horrors

Used to humorously indicate something very mundane that has or could cause panic, anger, controversy, or any such adverse reaction. The phrase is usually set apart by parentheses or dashes just before the thing it indicates. People are so obsessed with their phones these days that they panic if theirs is running low on battery or—horror of horrors—they left it at home.
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ˌhorror of ˈhorrors

(British English, humorous or ironic) used to emphasize how bad a situation is: I stood up to speak and — horror of horrors — realized I had left my notes behind.
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References in classic literature ?
Schneider was trying to reach his foe's throat with his fingers while, horror of horrors, Bertha Kircher could see that the other was searching for the German's jugular with his teeth!
And it's horror of horrors for grannies Gail and Audrey when they learn Bethany is working at a lapdancing club.
And I can understand how she feels as the horror of horrors is mere years ahead of me.
Horror of horrors, even more bad luck, The escalator was jammed, it was stuck, The manager cried: It is "KAPUT".
Others include falling asleep during lesson, spinning on a teacher's chair and - horror of horrors - pretending to be a teacher while he, or she, is standing behind you.
Now, horror of horrors, we have these "chuggers" on both sides of the High Street.
Horror of horrors, but white denims are inching their way in, particularly primed for the summer months.
Who's "hooked up" with whom, who's texted something nasty, and - horror of horrors - who has cheated in the continual game of televised love?
When I looked at the badge a bit closer, horror of horrors, there is a very thin band of red around the inner edge.
Horror of horrors, their parents are in the audience
Labour's biggest fear, however, should Wales follows Scotland's lead, is an end, horror of horrors, for Welsh MPs, to the Westminster gravy train with its associated perks.
A wee bit like The Ginge, The Geordie and The Geek, which was recently tucked away on BBC2, Hebburn (Tuesday, BBC2) is never going to be loved by the critics because its comedy is good–natured and, horror of horrors, mainstream.
Horror of horrors, Keith Lemon looks even more ghoulish than usual for the Halloween special of Celebrity Juice.
By Christmas 1943, alcohol was difficult to get hold of and - horror of horrors - many families were destined not to get a turkey, chicken or goose for Christmas dinner.
Found in retailers across the Fou UK, they have festive themes such as Happy Christmas, Snow Me The Ch Money and Christmas Mo Millionaire, can fit snuggly in a Christmas card (so can be sent through the post for those you don't get to see in person), given to a loved one as an extra gift or can be a quick last minute purchase if, horror of horrors, you've forgotten that auntie Jean is coming round