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An expression of surprise or indignation.
- ‘Gorblimey! A poster on the thread about modern hymns for drunks tells me Estelle White is rhyming slang.’
- ‘And gorblimey: this new player has everything I wanted.’
attributive Vulgarly lower-class.‘a gorblimey accent’
- ‘The self-styled ‘rockney’ duo use this Christmas knees-up to celebrate one of the more remarkable turnarounds in fortune in recent pop history: from reviled gorblimey joke to critically acclaimed, Libertines-endorsed, Glastonbury-slaying stars.’
- ‘The council is certainly a gorblimey council.’
- ‘That Danny Whitten song is actually rather lovely, whereas the Pistols, epochal as they were in cultural terms, were pretty much just hoary old barre-chords and some gorblimey vocals.’
Late 19th century: alteration of God blind me; also in use as a noun in the early 20th century to denote various kinds of unusual clothing.
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