horror of horrors

horror of horrors

A phrase used to humorously indicate something very mundane that has or could cause panic, anger, controversy, or any such adverse reaction. In writing, the phrase is usually set apart by parentheses or dashes just before the thing it indicates. People are so obsessed with their phones these days that they panic if theirs is running low on battery or—horror of horrors—they left it at home.
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ˌhorror of ˈhorrors

(British English, humorous or ironic) used to emphasize how bad a situation is: I stood up to speak and — horror of horrors — realized I had left my notes behind.
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References in classic literature ?
Schneider was trying to reach his foe's throat with his fingers while, horror of horrors, Bertha Kircher could see that the other was searching for the German's jugular with his teeth!
But, oh horror of horrors! As soon as ever the dealer caught sight of my capital of thirty roubles in notes, he refused to let the Pushkin go for less than the sum he had first named; and though, in answer to my prayers and protestations, he eventually yielded a little, he did so only to the tune of two-and-a-half roubles more than I possessed, while swearing that he was making the concession for my sake alone, since I was "a sweet young lady," and that he would have done so for no one else in the world.
Granted, people weren't doing their weekly shop, but most people were buying several items and popping them into rucksacks, handbags and (horror of horrors) actually carrying them.
'But horror of horrors, you now tell the voters of Pulau Berhala that you have never heard of the 1MDB scandal!' Lim said in a statement today.
So he's unexpectedly flying solo, delivering both parts of the autocue script and then - horror of horrors - having to present a women's fashion item with a camp fashion expert.
But still, I had a crush on him and horror of horrors, he didn't reciprocate my feelings!
It is not just important to pick out the villains of this comic-tragedy but we need every ounce of good sense and wisdom that we extract from our financial horror of horrors. Pakistanis ought to be told the tale in its bitterest and goriest detail.
Suddenly while seeing the majority of the children safe and one lone child being run over, the next moment the train is hurtling down the disused track and getting derailed and horror of horrors, thousands of passengers screaming as they meet a gory end!
And it's horror of horrors for grannies Gail and Audrey when they learn Bethany is working at a lapdancing club.
And I can understand how she feels as the horror of horrors is mere years ahead of me.
Now, horror of horrors, we have these "chuggers" on both sides of the High Street.
Horror of horrors, but white denims are inching their way in, particularly primed for the summer months.
Who's "hooked up" with whom, who's texted something nasty, and - horror of horrors - who has cheated in the continual game of televised love?
When I looked at the badge a bit closer, horror of horrors, there is a very thin band of red around the inner edge.
Horror of horrors, their parents are in the audience!