dear me

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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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Hmm oh dear, oh dear " the lamp operator was not impressed.
OH dear, oh dear, the British Horseracing Authority is really having a bad mane month at the moment.
OH dear oh dear the boss of Vattenfall, the company behind the European Offshore Wind Deployment Centre (whatever that means) in Aberdeen Bay, is being investigated for financial irregularities.
OH dear, oh dear, Labour leader Ed Miliband has let the cat out of the bag, when virtually admitting that the previous Labour government had ruined this country's economy.
OH dear, Bill Roberts has got into a tizzy over Brunel's cigar.
Here's the highlight, fresh from our official Dutch translators: ``Dear oh dear,how sad.
OH dear, regarding Tony Martins letter (Mail, May 13) begrudging Blues their moment of glory.
Dear Editor, - Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear Dr Rob Pocock ('A new start for Sutton Coldfield, Post, Sep 16).
It's because they have the dairy to themselves, but they are so fat I just mutter dear, oh dear, oh dear every time I see them.
And, oh dear, oh dear, the talk of Beckham getting a knighthood, whatever next, I dread to think.
Oh dear, Kel, wearing a sheet with Speak on it to go with your white legs and cycle shorts yells disaster.
OH dear, oh dear, I had to think long and hard before starting this letter.
Dear Editor - Oh dear, oh dear, your front page piece ('England's soul is sick says article') once again highlights how good we are in Birmingham at scoring own goals.
Oh dear, Ryan needs to get his Santa hat on and start that bidding.
OH dear, it seems I'm destined Forever to complain, For something else has just cropped up, It's Lady G again, I know my recent ode to you Asked if you'd hear my plea, To take the tiresome tent away And set my spirit free.