upon my word


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(upon) my word

An interjection expressing surprise, amazement, or incredulity. Upon my word, I cannot believe that my own wife would stoop to such depths of treachery! My word, Jenkins, this report is simply terrible. You're going to have to do better than that if you want to stay in this company.
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upon my word

Indeed; really.
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"Upon my word! Well, that is very decided indeed-- that does seem as if-- but, however, it may all come to nothing, you know."
"Upon my word, sir," cries Sophia, "I must belie my heart wickedly if I did.
'Upon my word, my dear, I don't know,' replied Mrs Nickleby.
"Why, upon my word, sir," the carpenter said with a contemptuous smile.
I didn't mean any harm indeed, upon my word I didn't,' cried the small servant, struggling like a much larger one.
Either you come aboard along of us, once the treasure shipped, and then I'll give you my affy-davy, upon my word of honour, to clap you somewhere safe ashore.