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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 ?
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.
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.
Please let them be happy, dear God and sweet Jesus, my Saviour.
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.
Dear God you must be fast asleep, Wake up, it's much too late.
Kanye West spouted so much drivel that we can only wonder if his son's full name is actually Patron Saint of Dear God Please Gag My Dad.
Dear God, in this Advent season When we prepare for Christmas, Help us to never forget Your great love That sent Jesus, Your son, as our Saviour.
Dear God - all that education and not a scrap of common sense.
Mickey Rourke has dropped some hints about what to expect in his upcoming film about Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas Dear God, this film has been a long time in the making.
xx Jenny Baker-Griffiths (re CCTV shows man wanted for defecating in Prestatyn Station lift) Dear god, have people lost all shame
Scott Turow, in his novel "Presumed Innocent,'' inscribed, "And now, dear God, I think, dear God in whom I do not believe, I pray to you to stop this.
There used to be a story about a prayer in Texas: Dear God, just give us one more boom, and we promise not to piss it away like all the others.