holy mackerel


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holy mackerel

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

Inf. Wow! Holy mackerel! What a beautiful day! Holy mackerel! What's this? A new car?
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Holy mackerel!

(ˈholi ˈmækrəl)
exclam. Wow! Holy mackerel! What a day!
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Holy mackerel, I hear you say, can this really be true?
He caught it from his own boat, Holy Mackerel, while out with a friend at a reef off Poole, near their Dorset homes.
I'm talking about the holy mackerel - the giant bluefin, the goliath of our ocean game fish.
Tryska, a Bournemouth painter and decorator, is a caring put-'em-back-alive sea angler and once needed only three hours to catch and release 40 hard-fighting bream on a local trip in his own boat, Holy Mackerel.
His fish was the best of 40 caught and returned on a local outing in his own boat, Holy Mackerel.
Jan Tryska, a Bournemouth painter and decorator, needed only three hours to catch and return 40 hard-fighting black bream on a local trip in his private boat, Holy Mackerel.