holy cow


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holy cow

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

exclam. Wow! Give me a chance! Holy cow, don’t rush me!
See also: holy
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Well in India we could say one man's holy cow is another man's protein
Anton Ferreira and Katherine Lavine, a husband and wife team who had opened Holy Cow - an organic, vegetarian restaurant - at the University of Oregon bought the building in 2010 for $525,000, according to Lane County property records.
Gourmet burgers are fashionable all over the world, it's not that Holy Cow created them but we did introduce them to Switzerland for sure.
Zardari said that portraying oneself as a holy cow or conducting selective accountability is also a 'corruption' and his party would also oppose it.
In 2008, students successfully staged sit-ins to protect the local Holy Cow restaurant when the eatery's contract at the EMU initially was not renewed.
I've personally tweaked their teeth and holy cow, they're bendable," he said.
CASCADE Waterfall empties into the Atlantic from the Faroe Islands INTIMATE This shot of a family's yurt in Afghanistan won top prize HOLY COW Farmer walks his livestock past temples in Bagan, Burma ANCIENT Some trees in Madagascar are 1,000 years old BRANCHING OUT This magnificent Japanese maple tree was captured in Portland TALKING SHOP Villagers of Chefchaouen, Morocco, set their world to rights LIGHT FANTASTIC Remote cottage is illuminated by aurora borealis in Norway DOWNPOUR Camila Massu captured her sister in this lake in Chile just as the heavens opened BLUE AWAY Surfer in Fiji duck dives his board to clear the waves
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One Labour councillor, who did not wish to be named, said: "I am 100% certain that I heard reference made to Rosemary Butler as a holy cow, as are others.
Reuben Gradsky, Director of Operations, Vice President, and Data Specialist at Holy Cow Branding, is able to exercise his skills obtained from his Microsoft certification to produce development data-driven marketing tools.
Here he presents lectures he delivered as the presidential addresses to the Indian History Congress in January 2006, and an article based largely on his 2002 book Myth of the Holy Cow but incorporating new material.
On one side is an image of a holy cow and on the other a husky dog.
Holy Cow Foods, known for its organic vegetarian menu, opened a cafe at the Erb Memorial Union (EMU) in 1997 followed by a second Eugene outlet at 2621 Willamette St.
HOLY COW In 1997, a Japanese trawler crew were jailed after claiming a cow fell on their boat and sank it - until the Russian Air Force admitted pushing one out of a cargo plane at 30,000ft.