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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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References in classic literature ?
He prayeth best, who loveth best All things both great and small; For the dear God who loveth us He made and loveth all.
Say nothing to Madame, but when she sleeps go you and sit alone a while to think good thoughts, and pray the dear God preserve your sister."
On the table she laid her little testament and hymnbook, kept a vase always full of the best flowers Laurie brought her, and came every day to `sit alone' thinking good thoughts, and praying the dear God to preserve her sister.
Bill, Bill, for dear God's sake, for your own, for mine, stop before you spill my blood!
A buttercup sun peeping through clouds of grey Transforming the sky in the newness of day The forests awake and the trees come alive, Stretching their branches to the silver-blue skies And out of their slumber, small creatures appear To quench the fresh dew that's fallen like tears Beautiful songbirds build nests in the trees As they happily sing in the fresh springtime breeze There are carpets of bluebells and primroses fair With garlands of spring flowers all scenting the air And great lakes fill up from the wandering streams To mirror the sky through the sun's dancing beams Meadows are coloured in yellow and gold And newly spring lambs at play in the fold Springtime afresh with peace, joy and love A wondrous gift from our dear God above
Dear God may His spirit Rest In Peace and May You grant divine comfort to all his loved ones!
Dear God. Not only am I now talking to small balls of fur as my intellectual equal but I seem to be treating them as if my better half and I were their parents.
Dear God. Not only am I now talking to small balls of fur as my intellectual equal, but I seem to be treating them as if my better half and I were their parents.
It could also be called the first of Mary's "mysteries of protest." Those mysteries come together in a litany where the repeated refrain is, "Dear God! The angel never warned me about this!"
It started well and it will end in praise to our dear God. Let us rededicate ourselves to the struggle.
Mayor Visorde: 'I prayed that all of us would always remain strong so that we could continue doing this yearly intimate encounter with Dear God.'
Dear God, help me to remember that nothing can separate me from Your love.
Jodie Portugal added: "Oh dear god, please tell me that's not the real CCTV footage.
Dear God I'm afraid if I pray for my daughter's safety
6A 4Soapdish 5Frankie 7 Dear God (1996) THE title of this sickly sweet comedy also serves as a review.