One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
exclamationoften drat someone/something
A mild expression of annoyance or irritation.‘‘Oh, drat Feargal and his suspicions!’’
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- ‘No, wait, that was her name… drat, I didn't write down the name.’
- ‘My life, drat the luck, is nothing but incremental improvements - and all these little modifications are so twitchy and unstable I have to buy service contracts for the day when they blow up.’
- ‘I scan 24 and get out the credit card - but the site is unable to accept orders at the moment, drat the luck.’
- ‘Mind you, I'll be moving next month, so I'll be out of the neighbourhood - drat.’
- ‘I was thinking I'd be farther along in my nefarious plans before I got a super hero… drat it.’
- ‘Drat and double drat - no AA batteries in the house.’
- ‘And drat the luck, the search got just odd enough to tip the anecdote to column status, but not great column status.’
- ‘She'd been obsessed with him, ever since, ever since… Oh I don't know, drat!’
- ‘Oh drat… did I make a mistake with the growing spell?’
- ‘We were going to head up the riverfront boulevard, but drat the luck: the driver noted that the tunnel beneath the bridge was three inches too short, and any attempt to go through the passageway would decapitate the people on the upper desk.’
- ‘‘Oh, drat,’ I muttered, doing my Victor Meldrew impression.’
- ‘On preview: most of these have been mentioned already - drat having to work in the middle of posting!’
Early 19th century: shortening of od rat, euphemism for God rot.
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