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gee whiz

1. interjection An exclamation of any strong emotion, such as surprise, dismay, enthusiasm, exasperation, etc. Aw, gee whiz, Mom! Can't I stay out and play for one more hour? Gee whiz guys, wasn't that show great?
2. adjective Especially enthusiastic or impressed; youthfully or naïvely optimistic or exuberant. Often hyphenated. The film is sure to provoke some gee-whiz reactions from even the most cynical of spectators. A lot of people come into politics with some gee-whiz notions of changing the world.
3. adjective Showily or gaudily impressive; amazing or astounding. Often hyphenated. The film boasts a lot of gee-whiz effects but doesn't offer much else in the way of plot or character development.
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gee whiz

An expression of surprise, dismay, or enthusiasm. For example, Gee whiz, Dad, I thought you'd let me borrow the car, or Gee whiz, they finally won the Series! This term is thought to be a euphemism for "Jesus Christ." [Slang; 1870s]
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Gee whiz technology developed by the American military may it seems make short work of what over decades shovels, trowels and brushes have barely scratched the surface of.
'""Gee whiz" (We now knew American words, picked up from Dad when he was home.) The Negro porter wore a white jacket with brass buttons, and came walking down the aisle, delivering a telegram and things.
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"I went over to look out the back and, gee whiz, there was a plane in our backyard," said Fritz, who lives behind Bohemia Elementary School in Cottage Grove.
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Gee whiz. I accidentally wrote this on the back of my resume, but I already went to the trouble of writing this thing out so neatly that I don't want to start over again'," said Sgt Kevin Morton.
I could perhaps tolerate a little bit of mixed-up editorial belching, but gee whiz, Brian Doherty: "cornpone hokum" in Branson, Missouri, that "difficult little state." As a native of the area (not an Assembler), I have to defend it.
Such accounts have a basic "gee whiz" tone as authors admit surprise on how easy it is to use the Mac, or amazement at the many different things they can do.
But all-weather attack is an advanced technological objective, profitable for contractors and enticing to those congressmen whose favorite words about procurement are "gee whiz.' Far more money has been spent pursuing this elusive goal than on improving practical systems that will suit most, though not all, conditions.
Three times he apologised as we were being bounced around like a shuttlecock, the final time saying, "Gee whiz. But I've never known it as rough as this." Which made me feel a lot better.
* GEE WHIZ: US soldiers are welcomed by conductor Sir Malcolm Sargent at the subscribers' concert in 1962 (Examiner ref: 62-5030, TmcHUD211009-KE27830) * READY: Soloists and conductor Eric Chadwick at Huddersfield Choral Society's public Messiah concert, 1962 (Examiner ref: 62-4988, TmcHUD211009-KE26880)