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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

meek as Moses

old-fashioned Exceptionally patient, humble, and mild in manner or spirit. Despite his hulking, imposing appearance, the huge athlete is as meek as Moses when you speak to him in person.
See also: meek, Moses

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

meek as Moses (or a lamb)

very meek.
This expression is a biblical allusion to Numbers 12:3: ‘Now the man Moses was very meek’.
See also: meek, Moses
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Black Moses travels in close tandem with its historical context, drawing particular attention to a scientific revolution in its early stages before transitioning into a harsh, ethnic cleansing in the latter.
30pm on July 24, Mrs Moses' son Paul received a phone call from his sister-in-law concerned that Mrs Moses was not answering the phone.
He cites two opposing methods of interpreting religious history: a "minimalist" might question the very existence of Moses, while a "maximalist" would accept every narrative about him as factual.
While Moses cannot tolerate what he perceives as the "mainland entitlement" of outsiders, neither can he abide the bogus place relationships brandished by Sweetland-born Newfoundlanders whose connection to the island Moses judges not as authentic or altruistic as his own (119).
But the larger reality is that the Moses of history matters less than the character Moses who lives on in the stories of the Pentateuch.
Manetho noted that Osarseph changed his name to Moses upon joining with the slaves.
Professional and personal challenges have given Moses the experience to successfully advise his clients.
Moses was the last member of his family to pass away so there was no-one to make sure he had a memorial.
But Moses, who began his professional career in Europe after completing a four-year collegiate stint at the University of New Hampshire in 2012, always wanted an opportunity to play in the NHL.
From the biblical account also, we see that when Moses asked God his name, God's reply to Moses was: "I am that I am.
It wasn't until his sons--whom he had encouraged to work elsewhere --took an interest in the future of the company that Moses started taking a serious look at the future.
18, PVCC's board and the college's president, Frank Friedman, issued a press release announcing that the viticulture program at PVCC would be named the "Patricia Kluge and William Moses Viticulture Program.
Scholars of religion trace the reception of Moses and the complex of ideas associated with him in order to illuminate his tremendous influence on Judeo-Christian culture.
10, Paul William Moses II has petitioned the Supreme Court for Bar reinstatement.
Glaude's study could easily extend into the twentieth century, revealing numerous examples of African Americans' continued appropriation of the Torah's stories of Moses and the Israelites.